LEICA ELMARIT 90mm f2.8 LENS - M MOUNT. LEICA ELMARIT 90mm f2.8 LENS - M MOUNT - 1965. This is a classic lens, one which I have not come across often, but which has always impressed.
A much loved and VERY collectible lens, which lends itself to many genres, either on your Leica, or a compatible digital body, such as my own Olympus PEN F (Micro Four Thirds). Informed by the serial number; 2129503, this is a 1965 model Elmarit, so 55 years old. It is amazing to think that the same year that this lens took shape in Wetzlar, Winston Churchill was still alive.
In common with the very best Leica equipment of this vintage, defies the passage of time with a rare grace and everything operates as smoothly as silk. As with all Leica kit, this chunky little Elmarit feels as if hewn from solid rock. As can be seen from the photos, this particular example bears the marks of a life well lived. All barrel markings are present and enjoy even and stark contrast and the vulcanite grip is complete. The head section easily detaches for use on a bellows, such as the superb Leica Bellows II which I have on offer in my other auctions.Optics are good, the front element has just a few light cleaning marks and internally there is no dust visible when held up into the daylight. There is a small amount of what looks like fungus on the interior of the front optic, but this has no effect on performance and should be easily removed if you wish it. The focus ring turns easily, the aperture ring runs smoothly into each detent and can be set between stops, useful if you like that extra control afforded by the tiny fractional stops afforded by the incredible thirteen blinds which give this lens its impossibly circular aperture, enabling that wonderful, organic bokeh which Leica are so renowned for.
The aperture is as smooth as silk, and there is no hint of oil or rust on the blinds. Despite its 55 year vintage, it remains fully functional and is great fun to use. Most importantly, it produces great images! 90mm is nominally a Portrait lens, but you can just as easily use it as a compact Tele as I have with the lens mounted on my PEN F, something I can heartily recommend! So there you have it, a rare and highly appointed Leica lens, which as you can see is begging to get out and shoot, despite it's antique status.Built in a way which is frankly beyond modern understanding, looked after reasonably well this lens could well last another six decades and being Leica, when you, your children or grandchildren come to sell it on, you will like as not achieve much more for it than you paid here. Don't you just love photography? The item "LEICA ELMARIT 90mm f2.8 LENS M MOUNT 1965 BARGAIN" is in sale since Thursday, July 2, 2020. This item is in the category "Cameras & Photography\Lenses & Filters\Lenses".
The seller is "rfcvb72" and is located in Worthing, West Sussex. This item can be shipped worldwide.