Leica M8 with Elmar 135mm f/4 lens


This is  not your average rangefinder camera setup! A Leica Elmar 135mm f/4 sure looks strange on a rangefinder body like the Leica M8. A very long lens , but at the same thine quite thin, and no as heavy as one should expect from a telephoto lens. 

This is a lens from the 1960’s, but still holds up very well for the images I make. This is a very challenging lens to use on the M8, it’s quite difficult to nail focus even with a 1.4x magnifier. The focus rings turns almost 360 degrees, so its very precise but at the same time very slow. Focusing with a lens like that is many time a hit and miss effort, at least for  me. But it is a very cheap (for Leica terms) telephoto lens for those times when someone needs it. 

I haven’t used this lens for quite some time, so I decided to go for a short walk and actually remember how this lens feels. As expected, many images were out of focus, but I managed to get a few good ones for today’s post. I really love the bokeh of this lens and the way it renders an image, it has this vintage look and I would say it’s own character (like many old lenses have).

Here are the images from today’s walk!!

M8_135mm_f4_001 M8_135mm_f4_002 M8_135mm_f4_003 M8_135mm_f4_004 M8_135mm_f4_005

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