Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/12/26

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Subject: [Leica] f/2.8 24 mm Elmarit-R
From: Bill Caldwell <>
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 1999 12:17:30 -0500


As I recall, some years ago the R 24mm was actually made in Japan, by
Minolta I believe. Is that right or was it just a Minolta design. Or am
I totally daft?
Bob (concerned about all things 24mm) McEowen


Bob & Others,

According to G. Sartourius, "Identifying Leica Lens" (Editirice Reflex
Srl Rome 1999), the f/2.8 24 mm Elmarit-R was introduced at the 1970
Photokina, "with an optical design and lens elements produced by Minolta
and the assembly done by Leitz."  J. Lager, "Illustrated History ...,
Vol II - Lenses (1994)states that the f/2.8 24 mm Elmarit-R was "shown
publicly for the first time at the Photokina in 1974."  Lager states the
lens was a "cooperative effort by Leitz and Minolta; optics by Minolta
and lens mount by Leitz."  J. Lager at page 252

The production code from 1974 up to 1990 was 11221 (Leicaflex SL2 and R
series); from 1990, the production code was 11257 and the lens was
cammed only for the R series.  The 24mm Elmarit-R with the addition of
ROM is production code 11331. (G. Satourius, and "Leica, Handbook of the
Leica System"). 

All the listed production codes for the f/2.8 24 mm Elmarit-R appear to
be the same optical Minolta/Leitz design with series VIII filters.

Best Regards,

Bill Caldwell
Northern Virginia