ELMARIT-M 2.8/28 3rd

This is a record of using the LEICA M mount, ELMARIT-M 28mm f/2.8 (3rd) with a Leica M film / digital camera.

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LEICA ELMARIT-M 28mm F2.8 (3rd) Photo Example

The third generation ELMARIT-M lens was released almost 50 years ago, but it too had no problems with photographic.
Perhaps because it was produced in large numbers, it was not as popular as the first and second generations, and its used price was generally lower.
Compared to the 4th and 5th generation lenses, which are more modern lenses, this lens produces attractive images in scenes where the loose rendering fits the scene, but it is not as habitual as the first and second generation lenses, and I feel that it produces mediocre photographic.
I was very happy to walk around the streets of Bangkok, Thailand, with this lens.

The nubby early-type lens barrel was called “Tiger Claw Version” in German mail-order stores.
Tiger claw is supposed to refer to the projection of the focus adjustment, but similar projection exists on the SUMMICRON-M 50mm and SUMMICRON-M 35mm optical tubes of the same age.
The Tiger Claw version may be priced at a premium to other third-generation lenses, but as of 2022, it is a relatively common lens to be found in the used market and is not that rare. It is not a good idea to go along with the premium price business, since it is sometimes sold at the same price as the late barrel straight version.

Lens hood 12536
From left to right: 3rd generation, 2nd generation, 1st generation

Wide-angle lens for LEICA M-type.
The third generation is available in two versions, the early nubby barrel and the straight barrel, but the lens construction is the same for both.
Approximately 17,000 were manufactured over a 14-year period from 1979 to 1993.
The lens hood is 12536 and is exclusive to this lens.
The lens mount is screwed on, so it is compatible with Leica’s lens recognition 6-bit code modification.

focal length(mm)28
Maximum aperture2.8
Minimum aperture22
Lens configuration6groups 8elements
Minimum distance(m)0.7
Lens length(mm)48Distance from lens mount surface
Lens max diameter(mm)52.5
Filter diameter(mm)49

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