Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/10/28

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leitz Elmar 65mm/3.5 for Visoflex
From: Marc James Small <>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 14:26:50 -0500

At 12:46 AM 10/28/03 +0100, Christian Vik wrote:
>I wonder if anyone know where to get information about the Leitz Elmar
>65mm/3.5 for Visoflex. I have just started to use the lens and so far the
>bokeh is one of the coolest I've ever seen. I would like to see comments and
>specs for it, but I haven't been able to find it yet. Can anyone please help
>out here?
>Anyone with experience who can comment on it or any links to websites or
>books with information would be highly appreciated. Also, what kind of
>filters will fit the lens?

The finest source for a scientific analysis of the two versions of the
3.5/65 Elmar-V can be found in Erwin Puts' book on Leica lenses published
by Hove, a work most heartily recommended.

I own a first-version Elmar-V and use it regularly.  It is a consistent
lens, capable of running from limited macro work to infinity.  My primary
use is to shoot close-ups of cameras and details of the same, and it is
certainly excellent for these uses.  I do not recall ever using it for
infinity work but suspect that it would perform on par with the 2.8 or
3.5/5cm Elmar in that mode, given the difference in focal lengths.

Certainly, the Elmar-V is almost of the optical quality of the 5.6/135 Carl
Zeiss S-Planar for the Hasselblad and Rolleiflex MF SLR's.  If I want the
VERY best, I use CZJ Mikrotars, CZ Luminars, or Leitz Photars on my
Hasselblad 2000 FCM but, for normal uses, the 3.5/65 Elmar-V is a perfectly
acceptable lens.

Marc  FAX:  +540/343-7315
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