New Lens: Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm

  • This was posted a month or so ago, on Patreon, but now I’ve closed that, it can go here…

This isn’t my first Leica lens, but it’s the first that looks like a modern Leica. The first black one I’ve had. Previously, I’ve had two Elmars, from the 1960s. This is the Tele-Elmarit 90mm, the ‘thin type’, later model, from the 1990s, that Ken Rockwell loves so much. They were made from 1974 to 1986, with mine dating from 1984, according to the serial number.

I just picked it up on eBay, and it’s in really nice condition. It’s a great ‘detail’ lens, and worked really nicely for picking people out of the crowds at the event where I first tried it. At f/2.8 it can do really quite shallow depth of field, which makes people stand out from the background.

I think it will probably take over for ‘detail’ shots from the Canon FL 58mm f/1.2, which just isn’t sharp enough when wide open (or even anywhere close to wide open), and will also be a more usable replacement from the Elmar 90mm I had before. The Elmar was only f/4, which soon becomes a problem if the light level drops.

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