Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1995/12/24

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Subject: Opinions on 24mm Elmarit-R- in colour?
From: "joe b." <>
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 1995 02:30:01 +0000

Hi all, and I hope everybody has survived Xmas- I think I have, so

I'm wondering about the Leica 24mm Elmarit-R, specifically as to whether
it really is considered to give the same kind of results in colour as
other (real!) Leica lenses. I've used mine mostly for black and white
and the colour results I've seen so far don't immediately suggest the
look of a Leica lens but don't exactly resemble the Japanes lenses I've
used either. I wonder what the thinking is on this; can a Minolta lens
with Leica quality control, Leica mechanics and Leica coatings give
Leica-lens-look results (or anything comparable), or do I in effect have
a higher-than-usual-quality Minolta lens that fits Leica reflex bodies.
Is this lens really a Leica lens in its personality or is it simply a
competent but unexciting performer Leica have used to fill the gap- or
something in between the two?

I'd consider changing it for a 28mm Elmarit-R and swapping that extra
width for Leica colour reproduction if that is all there is to it. 

I'd be very interested to hear other's opinions and experiences
regarding this lens.