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Look what I found under the Christmas Tree - Leica 5cm 3.5 Elmar

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by RalllyFan, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. RalllyFan

    RalllyFan TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 2, 2012
    Massachusetts
    Tom
    Knowing I've been on a vintage lens kick, my Mom was kind enough to pick me up a Leica 5cm f3.5 Elmar. I was quite surprised, and more than thrilled. My very initial impressions are...well...I love it. It's quirky to use (have you seen the aperture ring??), small but with a little heft, and in amazing shape for a 63 year old lens. Certainly not one of the speedy, nifty fifties, but it definitely has a lot of character. Haven't given it much of a test run, but a few pics are below.

    The bad boy in question:
    Leica 5cm-1.

    A few test shots of some old cameras I have:
    Leica 5cm-2.
    I love the way the dials rendered here:
    Leica 5cm-3.
    Leica 5cm-4.

    As excited as I am, it's been a long day and I'm spent. Hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow and I can give it a bigger test run.
     
  2. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Jeff
    Wow - your mom must be pretty hip!!

    I know almost nothing about Leica lenses - particularly the older stuff - but it already seems like your new-to-you Elmar does some real nice renderings! Congrats! :)
     
  3. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    That's a pretty cool present regardless of the occasion. :)
     
  4. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    My mom bought me socks.
     
  5. RalllyFan

    RalllyFan TalkEmount Regular

    139
    Dec 2, 2012
    Massachusetts
    Tom
    LOL - hip, and she has a great camera store (EP Levine) a mile from her work.

    Certainly not what I normally get for Christmas, but she knows I had a pretty rough year and this makes for a nice distraction from that.
     
  6. christilou

    christilou TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 26, 2012
    Surrey, UK
    Christina
    This looks like a very special lens, love the pics. Hope to see some more when you have the time :) One of my daughters bought me a pack of mono Polaroid film for the old Polaroid cam I inherited in the Summer and I was quite surprised!
     
  7. Rich

    Rich TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 20, 2012
    Salisbury UK
    Richard
    I got socks, underpants and a biography of Keith Moon. A 50mm Leica lens would have been nice, but hey, always next year!

    You're lucky to have a Mom like that. :D

    Rich. :cool:
     
  8. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

    876
    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Jeff
    Let's see it on the camera!

    You'll be in the top tier of coolness in this thread very shortly, no doubt.
     
  9. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Great set of gear and the pics look good too. Isn't it a pity that you can't use that Retina Xenon 50/2 on your NEX? :eek:
     
  10. RalllyFan

    RalllyFan TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 2, 2012
    Massachusetts
    Tom
    Or the Carl Zeiss on the Exakta. Both are rather moldy, too.
     
  11. RalllyFan

    RalllyFan TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 2, 2012
    Massachusetts
    Tom
    Couple of quick color shots while passing through Salem, MA today. Love this thing:

    salem-1.

    salem-2.

    salem-3.

    salem-4.
     
  12. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Huh, go figure, them old lenses still take pretty good pictures. ;)

    Pressed to death sounds deliberate...
     
  13. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    well, I'm still waiting for Santa, a pair of socks would be great, now a new lens would be much better, congratulations, it's a great lens..... :)
     
  14. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

    876
    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Jeff
    Way to put a new lens through its paces! Is it just me or is that thing getting some very nice colors? (All the more impressive, coming from the peak of the B&W era...)
     
  15. BJW

    BJW TalkEmount Regular

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    Sep 30, 2011
    USA
    Bruce
    I had and used one many years ago on a 3F Leica. I think it was a 3F. Might have been a 3G. Anyway it was a really nice lens. Congrats! You need to give your mom a BIG kiss for that.
    BJW