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Portrait Elmarit for R Mount

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picture of bbq Leica R 2.8/90 on EOS 5D Mk III wide open.

I recently came across a very clean example of a Leitz Elmarit R 90/2.8. Generally I am not inclined to shoot a 90mm lens with an opening that small, but the price and the legend were too good to pass up. Let me say first, if you have not handled R mount Leitz lenses, be prepared as they are much heavier than they look. The build quality is about as good as it gets for an SLR lens of any vintage. Leica R mount lenses can be adapted to any mirrorless body with appropriate adapters.

I shot the lens on my Canon EOS 5D Mk III and it was of course a sharp and crisp lens and all of that. But honestly, I can’t say for certain it is any sharper than my EF 85/1.8 USM and that lens offers…

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Rose City PhotoFair less than a Month out :)

In the meantime check out this video about a cool and affordable Leica R lens!

A Sonnet for my Sonnar

Zeiss is so nice….

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Several months back I bought a Zeiss 180/2.8 Sonnar in Y/C mount to use on my EOS SLRs and my M5. The lens is a bit on the chunky side and doesn’t have internal focus like its contemporary competitors, Nikon and Canon did. But it does have the magic, mystery, and quality of Carl Zeiss and that is nothing to scoff at.

You can find these Zeiss 180s for $300ish and they are well worth the cash. If you are patient you might find one online or at PhotoFair even less than that. I have heard of them selling under $200 every now and then. I think it is a fabulous lens. It is well made, and razor-sharp. I have heard some reports that suggest the Leica Elmarit 180/2.8 is better. That may be true, but you will not find one of those under $300 unless it is awful ugly…

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