ELMARIT-R 1:2.8/90(II)

Review of using LEICA ELMARIT-R 90mm with a digital camera

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Photo example(Leica SL typ006)

It is half a stop darker than the SUMMICRON, a medium telephoto lens for the Leica R. Whether in R or M mount, it has a low presence and a low price. It is a lens that can be used steadily from the widest aperture, and together with the ELMARIT-R2.8/35, it is a lens for the connoisseur’s taste.
With a digital camera, the difference in aperture of half a stop is hardly noticeable, and I think it is a good lens to keep as a backup lens when the 90mm is used infrequently.
Personally, since I have the APO-SUMMICRON, I tend to use that lens more often, and this lens was sold because I rarely use it.
I like the new lens design because it is less uneven, but I can’t help the fact that I use it infrequently.

There are two types of optical tubes, old and new, both with built-in hoods but different designs.
The older models are 1, 2, and 3-CAMs, while the newer models are 3 and R-CAMs. Modified ROM cams can also be found on the market.
The lens configuration is the same, and the focus ring has an operating angle of approximately 270 degrees from infinity to 0.7m (standard angle for lenses with a focal length of 50mm or more; shorter focal length lenses have a smaller angle of rotation), making it suitable for photographers who want to face their subjects carefully and manually.
Like the SUMMICRON-R, the M-mount version has a minimum focusing distance of 1m, while the R-mount has 0.7m.

Focal length(mm)90
Max aperture2.8
Min aperture22
Leaf blade8
Lens Construction4elements 4group
Min distance(m)0.7
Lens length(mm)66
Lens Max diameter(mm)61
Filter size(mm)E55

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