Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/05

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Elmarit-R 2.8/35
From: thibault collin <>
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 16:09:56 +0100

Hey Hans and Dan,

Everybody is right!

There are three versions of the elmarit R 35 f/2.8
- - The fist one, and of course the older is the Leicaflex version which uses
series VI filters with a retaining ring exactly as the old 50 mm s'cron for
Leicaflex. This version has been modified to fit the SL. This is the version
Dan and myself are talking about.
- - The second version looks nearly the same but was optically recomputed
(better? who doubt?). It uses the same "square" hood as the elmarit R 28 mm
and uses the series VII (!) filters that are no longer retained by a ring
but by the hood. This hood is typically furbished with a button to allow
polarizers rotation. This is the version Hans is talking about. This version
appeared roughly at the time of the SL2.
- - The third and last version appeared with the R3. It uses E55 filters and
bears an integrated hood!
So everybody was right!
At 15:00 05/12/1998 +0100, you wrote:
>Hi Dan,
>Im not familiar with older Leica stuff, because Im a new R user. What is the 
>difference between series VI and VII? There is a series VII hood with
series VII 
>filter on that Elmarit 2.8/35 I bought and it fits. 
>Thanks for your comments. I used this lens a few times and my first
>were that it is a good allrounder. I would be interesting for me to know about 
>the difference to the newer Summicron and Summilux. Ive experiences with
the M 
>35 Summilux ASPH only and thats my absolute favorit on the M6. 
>Dan Post schrieb:
>> Thib, et al.
>> I think Thib is right- it is series VI, and I have one, originally for my SL
>> it had only two cams and I had the third one added. It is a really nice
>> lens, and with it and the 28 Elmarit you have a really nice range.
>>  I was always impressed with the 'bokeh' of this lens- I told Marc once that
>> the out of focus highlights looked like little round doughnut, not as
>> pronounced as you'd find in a mirror lens, but circular nonetheless. I
>> wondered how that could be in such a lens! I use it still on the SL with B&W
>> mostly- almost as the 'Normal' lens.
>> Dan