Originally redesigned from the regular Elmarit. This beautiful lens has been perfected with an all new shorter and sweeter mount. No larger then some 50mm. This Mandler 5 element design is all you would need and the true essence of keeping your Leica system small and compact.
I particularly like the chrome examples and I especially love the fact that they have all been made in Canada (something to be proud of).
The built quality is the best of all the Elmarit design lenses. All brass body, when Leica later went to aluminum bodies on the 2nd version. They just don't build them the way they used to. Leica should make a retro redesign of this. It would be a hit considering all other 90mm lenses are 2 to 3 times the size of this lens. I almost always reach for it as a telephoto lens primarily because of its size and performance.
Everyone knows this as a 90mm lens, but they are actually 100mm lens, which allows the user to get in a little bit closer. Awesome for its size...don't you think?
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