Elmarit 90mm 2.8

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Lenses' started by Christilou, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    Does anyone have any pictures using this lens? I'm trying to find a good quality sh one for portraits! The more modern version, not the really old one.
     
  2. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    The Elmarit or the Tele-Elmarit?

    I have shots with the 1980s Tele-Elmarit 90/2.8 before selling it. It's a great, smaller lens.
     
  3. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    I'm looking at the Elmarit although I understand that the tele is cheaper.
     
  4. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    Do you have any other suggestions for portrait Brian, given that I like softly softly pictures ;)
     
  5. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

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    Andrew
    The old Elmarits are gorgeous, and the modern Summarits are also quite dreamy wide-open.
     
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  6. Brian

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  7. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    Those are so pretty Brian :) Just wondering if you have any experience with the older style 90mm Elmarit, the one that comes in chrome and also black and is a really cheap vintage lens. I've been told that it won't work so well on the new M sensor because of the resolving power.
     
  8. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    I've used the older Hektor 13.5cm F4.5: the one issue is to be sure to use with a hood. Flare can be an issue. As for resolving power: this is not an issue. Using the M Monochrom with older lenses is wonderful, and it can out-resolve the new M type 240. Most vintage lenses can resolve better than 50lp/mm, which matches the bayer-pattern color filter of the M.

    Older Leitz lenses are not going to lose any value- I would suggest that you pick one up, try it, and you can always sell if it does not work out.
     
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  9. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    Okay, thanks..... food for thought :)
     
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  11. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    It looks really nice here !
     
  12. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    First Try with the 90mm 2.8 Elmarit

    Managed to "win" this one on ebay. It's a silver one in excellent condition as far as I can see. Finding it very difficult to focus at 2.8 even with the evf.

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    Waiting & Watching by christilou1, on Flickr
     
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  13. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    I use a 1.25x magnifier for the 90/105/135 lenses, works out well even with my thick glasses.
     
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  14. Christilou

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  15. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Love the smooth Bokeh, and the isolation that it gives to the Fall colors. Great reason to shoot a Long lens on an RF.
     
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  16. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

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    Andrew
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  17. russelljtdyer

    russelljtdyer Leica Place Regular

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    Russell J.T. Dyer
    My Experience

    I have the Leica 90mm f/2.8 lens that was made from 1990 to 2008. I bought it about two years ago, but haven't used it much--although I dreamed and searched for one at a good price for two years.

    I prefer wide-angle lenses like 21mm and 35mm. When I have used the 90mm lens, though, I have been surprised at how well it performs. It does particularly well at portraits, which I would not of thought to use.

    I bought this lens at an amazingly low price, for about €500. It was in great condition, but had some specks of something inside. It also didn't have the 6-bit coding on the lens flange. Last summer I sent it to Leica in Solms, Germany. They charged me a good bit, but they took apart the lens and cleaned the glass, and aligned the lens. They also put a new 6-bit encoded flange on it and replaced the red alignment dot that was missing. It's a much better lens now, and still cost me less than I could sell it. So I'm very glad to have it.

    I really should use it more. It's such a nice lens. Well, at least I've taken care of it.

    -Russell
     
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  18. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    I think I probably have the same one, 1997 or 8 as far as I can tell. I bought mine specifically for portraits though :).
     
  19. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

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    Andrew
    85~90mm is a wonderful focal length for portraits.
     
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  20. Duane Pandorf

    Duane Pandorf Leica Place Regular

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    Mar 30, 2013
    Somehow I missed this thread but I too have 90 Elmarit:

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