If you’re not a fan of Japan Camera Hunter, Bellamy Hunt’s eclectic camera blog and shop, then you are missing a treat. Bellamy specialises in sourcing used cameras for discerning users and collections, and his website is a treasure trove, especially for Leica fans.
For years I have been hooked on Bellamy’s In Your Bag series, where photographers famous and obscure are persuaded to tip out their daily photo bag to reveal all sorts of secrets.
Bellamy takes us into some interesting byways of camera geekery. Earlier this month, for instance, he carried an in-depth review of a super-fast Leitz lens you have probably never seen or handled. The 85 mm Summarex f/1.5 is a beast and a half, and it’s not surprising since it was aimed at the professional photojournalist who had to deal often with uncomfortably low-light situations.
Announced in 1943, the Summarex didn’t get into the hands of the public until 1949, by which time production had virtually ceased. However, it remained in the catalogue until 1954. So it had a very short active lifespan and a relatively low production run of 4,500 units, according to the Red Dot Blue Book. All this means that it’s a rare lens and one you probably haven’t had the opportunity to see or own.
So when a prime black example — one of only 276 made — found its way to the Japan Camera Hunter offices in Tokyo, a detailed appraisal was called for. Colleague Michael Nguyen stepped up to the plate, and his review is definitely one to whet the appetite. You can read the full article here. It is well worth the effort, if only for the gorgeous camera porn product shots. Highly recommended by Macfilos.
Japan Camera Hunter has just relaunched its popular “In Your Bag” series with this taster article.