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Leica Elmarit-M 21mm f2.8 Pre ASPH Lens Hood?

Robert Hooper , Oct 22, 2009; 11:50 p.m.

What is the number of the lens hood and front lens cap for the Leica Elmarit-M 21mm f2.8 pre ASPH lens? The lens I am talking about has an E60 filter size and has two chrome studs protruding from the front lens barrel at 180 degree from each other. Lens made in Canada. Thank you.


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Gil Pruitt , Oct 23, 2009; 12:45 a.m.

The hood is #12543. Never had a front cover for it if one exists. Underrated lens in my opinion.

Robert Hooper , Oct 23, 2009; 02:39 p.m.

The only Leica 12543 hood I can find has spring clips on the side which allow attachment to a version of the 21mm Elmarit-M E60 that has a channel/slot around the outside perimeter of the lens barrel and no chrome studs. Could there be two versions of the hood with the same number?

I'm looking for the version of the hood that slips over the 21mm Elmarit-M chrome studs and then twist locks into place. Can't be the same number as the spring clipped version, could it?.

Also found a 12537 hood which is for the first version of the Leica 21mm Elmarit-M E49 filter size.

Chet Grabowski , Oct 23, 2009; 04:41 p.m.

The correct lens hood for the early style 21mm with the pins is #12537. Trust me on this, I own both hoods and only this one will fit correctly. You are right about this being a underrated lens. For the money I think it is excellent.

Robert Hooper , Oct 23, 2009; 08:40 p.m.


Does your lens take E49 filters or E60 filters?
My lens takes the E60 filters but has the chrome studs on the lens barrel as well.

Robert Hooper , Oct 23, 2009; 10:26 p.m.

The problem here seems to be there were actually three versions of the 21mm Elmarit-M.

1) The first one has an E49 filter thread with chrome studs on the barrel for hood attachment. It uses a 12537 hood.

2) The second one has an E60 filter thread with chrome studs on the barrel for hood attachment. I still don't know what hood it uses. It's the one I'm looking for.

3) The third one has an E60 filter thread but no chrome studs. Instead it has a groove around the outside of the barrel front for two spring clamps to attach to. It uses a 12543 Hood.

I'm looking for the numbers of the second version's lens hood and lens cap. The lens cap has slots cut into the sides to accommodate the chrome studs. The hood slips over the chrome studs and then twist locks into place.

I've been trying to find the correct shade and cap for over a year. It's complicated and apparently difficult for me to describe exactly what I'm looking for. One of us here must have this lens and the appropriate hood and shade.

Gil Pruitt , Oct 24, 2009; 12:25 a.m.

Ghester Sartorius, in his book Identifying Leica Lenses, says there are only 2 pre-asph 21mm Elmarit-M. The first from approx 2,995,000 is 49mm filter size and has the pins on the sides of the lens. It takes hood 12537. The second version beginning with serial 3,363,300 takes the 60mm filter and hood 12543. My 21mm Elmarit-M is 3,456,nnn, has a 60mm filter and uses hood 12543. The aspheric version starts with approx 3,780,533, takes E55 filter and uses hood 12592. Good luck!

Robert Hooper , Oct 24, 2009; 04:03 a.m.


Does your lens have chrome studs or does it look like the one here?

Gil Pruitt , Oct 24, 2009; 01:04 p.m.

The picture you show is of the E60 version of the 21mm Elmarit-M. Mine is just exactly like that one. This is the 'best' of the pre aspheric Leica 21mm lenses, in my opinion, but they are all very good from the 3.4 Super Angulon thru the aspheric version with different signatures and varying degrees of corner sharpness. I don't think you can go wrong with whichever version you have. Good luck!

Chet Grabowski , Oct 24, 2009; 02:09 p.m.

These two hoods #12537 and the newer #12543 are identical in size ans shape. Both are designed to fit over the 60mm lens ring of the 21mm f2.8 pre ash. lens.
The #12543 has two outside spring loaded push tabs, and the lens must have a grove cut into the outer barrel in order to mount correctly.
The #12537 has two slots cut on the inside of the hood that go over the pins on the lens. Forget about the 49mm lens. I have never seen one, and my guess is that very few were ever produced.

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