Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/01/27

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Subject: [Leica] Elmar 3.5/50 on Enlarger
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Tue Jan 27 13:09:29 2009
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Many years ago I used my LTM Elmar 3.5/50 on my condensor enlarger, and it 
worked ok, but changeing the aperture was a pain.  There is an adapter made 
to improve control of the aperture when using the lens on an enlarger.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jan Decher" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 2:04 PM
Subject: [Leica] Elmar 3.5/50 on Enlarger

> How about using an older collapsible M-ELmar 3.5/50 as an enlarger  lens? 
> I got a Novoflex M-M39(LTM) adapter and cold use it on my  Omega B22XL. 
> Has anyone else tried to use the Elmar for enlarging?
> Jan
> On Jan 27, 2009, at 1:34 PM, wrote:
>> From: Leina Gonzalez <>
>> Hi Lluis,
>> It was fairly easy to find a Focotar F4,4/50 in nice condition, but  then 
>> again I'm in Germany so maybe that helps. Though I did have to  wait a 
>> few weeks to find exactly the one I wanted. I've also heard  good things 
>> about the Schneider-Kreuznach Componon which is the  reason I went ahead 
>> and bought one as well. It would be great to  see some enlargements made 
>> with the lens; actually the reason that  I was insistent on the Leica 
>> enlarger & lens, is that I do shoot  with Leica glass, and someone on a 
>> film forum mentioned that it  doesn't make much sense to have a great 
>> lens, but not a great  enlarger lens: I had been searching for a Durst 
>> with the Schneider- Kreuznach, but they aren't easy to find; then I 
>> researched the  Leica enlargers (I had actually read about them in the 
>> back of my  camera's user manual) and figured I would try to find one. In 
>> any  case, I am pretty sure that this model doesn't have the AN glass, 
>> and ring, so I will have to search for one. Thanks again!
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