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Suggestion about Elmarit R 135/2.8

paolo folzani , Jun 27, 2002; 01:25 p.m.

Dear boys, I've found an Elmarit R 135/2.8 Wetzlar in good conditions (n. 2,305,...). I'd like to own a 135mm lens because is very versatile for portraits and not so heavy us the 180. What do You think about this Leica lens (made in 1968)? And what would be his worth? Thank You very much for the answer. Paolo

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John Collier , Jun 27, 2002; 01:51 p.m.

http://www.wildlightphoto.com/leica/

Tim Franklin , Jun 27, 2002; 04:45 p.m.

Most important Paolo, does this lens have the right cams for your R body?

greg mason , Jun 27, 2002; 04:53 p.m.

paolo:

i use the 180mm f4 elmar instead it is small and very light. i felt that the 135mm was too close to my 90/

Gil Pruitt , Jun 27, 2002; 05:21 p.m.

Hi Paolo, I have the 90 2.8, the 135 2.8 and the 180 4.0. The 135 seems to have gone out of favor so they can be had relatively inexpensively. Also the 135 is fairly heavy. I think it is a very good lens and like the results from it which are sharp, contrasty and very representative of Leica glass. I would try to hold out for a 3-cam version with the E55 filter size, the later the better. I like it best on a tripod and even got an adapter so I could use it on my eos bodies. I probably carry the 90/180 combo more often. Good luck.

Marco Hidalgo , Jun 27, 2002; 08:15 p.m.

Paolo: I own an elmarit R 135 f 2.8 very late version early 90's. with a very useful 55mm. filter thread. The lens is sharp enough but not as sharp as the 90mm or the 180 apo f3.4. The colour it renders is very pleasant as well as bokeh. 135mm. for me was a good combination when using a 60mm macro. as the 90 was too close and the 180 way too long. But, on the other hand the lens is very heavy . I only feel comfortable using with the camera on a tripod, not the case of a 90 mm. or the very light 180 f4 , you may consider this depending on your style of photography. All in all a very nice lens and can be found at very good prices. Marco.

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