The Leica Elmar 135mm f4 has arrived

This is the new addition to my gear, the 1960 Leica Elmar 135mm f4. Although I rarely use a telephoto lens I found it on a very good bargain and thought I could always use a lens like this for portraits or telephoto work.

This is an old school lens, with a 12 blade full circular aperture. I knew it would be large but it’s quite larger than I expected. Actually it’s a thin lens, but very long. The good thing is that it takes the standard 39mm filter (for Leica), so I already have all the filters I will need. You can see the size of the lens when fitted on the Sony NEX 5N (pictures were taken with my iPhone).

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I didn’t really had the time to go out and make some test shots so I just snapped a couple of photos as a first sample (the first one is at 12800 ISO, pretty good for a small camera like the NEX!!)

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When fitted on the NEX 5N it becomes a 200mm lens, while on the Leica M8 is a 180mm. I had no trouble at all focusing with the NEX even at f4 since the peaking system works great (I also used the OLED viewfinder which also is superb). On the Leica M focusing at f4 will not be that easy even with the 1.4x magnifier, but I will try it and make my assumptions.

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2 Responses to The Leica Elmar 135mm f4 has arrived

  1. I’m picking one up in a few weeks, for use with an Olympus E-PM2. As soon as it arrives and I get a chance to see what it’s capable of, I will share the results.

    • kbesios says:

      It’s a very good lens, with a vintage look. On your camera it will be a 270mm, so it will behave like a long telephoto lens. Will wait to see the results.

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