This is a record of using the APO-MACRO-ELMARIT 100mm f/2.8 macro lens for Leica R with a digital camera.

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Sample photos by LEICA SL (mirrorless digital camera)

The recent trend in lenses, not only macro lenses but also other lenses, tends to emphasize resolution to meet the needs of the digital age, but this lens has a soft image quality that is in the lineage of Leica macro lenses.
Also called AME for APO-MACRO-ELMARIT, it is one of the most famous Leica R lenses.
When used with SLR cameras, there are concerns about focusing accuracy when the aperture is wide open, but in the digital age when an EVF can be used, the focusing problem has largely been eliminated. In this era, the camera body can compensate for camera shake on its own, so we are living in a world that was unthinkable in the film era.
This lens can be used with the EOS-1DsMKIII without any problems.

APO-Macro-Elmarit-R 2.8/100
ELPRO 1:2-1:1 FOR R 2.8/100

The APO-MACRO-ELMARIT 100mm is a macro lens for the Leica R.
Released in 1987, 20,000 units were shipped. 3-CAM, R-CAM, and ROM-CAM types exist, and all CAM types are often seen in the used market.
The lens hood is a built-in type, and the hood attached to the end of the lens is pulled out. The hood does not have a stopper, which gives the impression of being loose, but this design is appropriate because the lens may be less likely to be damaged if it is not fixed when dropped.
Since this is a macro lens, the focus ring is wide at about 40 mm, and the helicoid has a rotation angle of about 720 degrees. If the lens is in good condition, the moderate stickiness of the helicoid allows for precise focusing.
It has a maximum magnification of 1:2 (0.45m), which is considered half-macro, and to obtain an equal magnification (1:1), you need to use a close-up lens named ELPRO, which screws into the front of the lens.

focal length(mm)100
Maximum aperture2.8
Minimum aperture22
Lens configuration6groups 8elements
Minimum distance(m)0.45
Lens length(mm)104.5
Lens max diameter(mm)73
Filter diameter(mm)55

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