ELMARIT-R 1:2.8/28(II)

Review of using the ELMARIT-R 28mm f/2.8 (Type II) wide-angle lens for the Leica R with a digital camera.

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Photo sample by CANON EOS-1DsMKIII

The early ELMARIT-R 28mm wide-angle lens for the Leica R with a separate hood is relatively common on the market, but the newer version is rare.
In the used market, some of them have been converted to Nikon mount, and it seems that they used to want to use R lenses but the mount did not fit, so they were converted. Recently, R lenses are used more often with mirrorless cameras, and since there is a wide range of mount adapters available, R lenses can now be used with ease.
I have no complaints about the image quality, as the image is not broken from the wide open aperture, and the corners are well resolved.
The lens is compact for an SLR lens, and the lens hood is effective, making it very easy to use.
This lens is a valuable wide-angle lens that can be used with the EOS-1DsMKIII.

Lens specification
This ELMARIT-R 28mm Type II lens has a built-in rectangular hood and is considered to be one of the new generation of R lenses based on its external shape and filter diameter.
This is the only lens with such a built-in rectangular hood, and it has a very distinctive appearance.
It was released in 1994, when R8 and R7 cameras were mixed together, and all major cams, including 3-CAM, R-CAM, and ROM, were released to accommodate older R-type cameras.

focal length(mm)28
Maximum aperture2.8
Minimum aperture22
Lens configuration7groups 8elements
Minimum distance(m)0.3
Lens length(mm)48
Lens max diameter(mm)67.5Width of square hood = 76mm
Filter diameter(mm)55

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