90mm f/2.8 Tele-Elmarit (Thin)

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Lenses' started by asiafish, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
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  2. brusby

    brusby Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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  3. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    Smooth bokeh and nice smile.
     
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  4. brusby

    brusby Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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    Oops, I edited the photo to reduce contrast just a tad and reposted to flickr. It seems the link broke here. I was able to re-link in my original post but not in your reply. Sorry. But thanks for the nice comments.

    I really like this lens, especially for portraits -- sharp but not analytical. And I love the super small size and light weight.
     
  5. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Beautiful Portrait, lovely Lady.

    The TE is a great lens. I need to pick up another some day. Mine went into the M Monochrom...
     
  6. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
    USA
    Raid
    Lovely portrait.

    What are the differences between the different Leica 90/2.8 models? I have an Elmarit.
     
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  7. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    The modern Elmarit with the slide-out hood is the best, but also the heaviest. I like the Thin TE because it is really small and light. Looks like a 50 Cron with an erection.
     
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  8. brusby

    brusby Leica Place Regular Subscribing Member

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    Mar 1, 2014
    Haha, thanks a lot, now I'm gonna need latex gloves to handle it.

    But seriously, this lens is a true tele design and so it's shorter than the non-tele version of the same vintage. It's small and light enough to put in a shirt pocket.

    I haven't compared mine to the other vintage Elmarit versions so I can't give you any first hand info. I do have a 1961 3 element Elmar f4 which is sharper wide open and really tiny too, but for portraits I prefer the tele-Elmarit for its one stop aperture advantage, better bokeh and slightly softer and more dreamy skin rendering.

    The new Elmarit is incredibly sharp and a really great lens but it's quite a bit bit bigger and heavier than this diminutive classic.

    One caveat though, beware that some of the older Canadian versions had a problem with coating degradation on the rear element. I'm pretty sure all the later issues and particularly the German versions were problem free.
     
  9. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
    USA
    Raid
    My Elmarit is an old version. It is very sharp, though.

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  10. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    The modern 90/2.5 (2.4) Summarit is about the same size as the last Elmarit, but lighter, weighing a bit more than the Tele Elmarit. The Summarit is probably the best performing travel weight 90mm Leica lens ever.