Leica Showcase Leica 50mm f/3.5 Elmar

Mr_Flibble

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Aug 16, 2013
The Lowlands
Rick
Surpised to find there wasn't any topic about this classic Leica lens

1946 coated Elmar 5.0cm f/3.5, Leica IIIa from 1937
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1937 uncoated Elmar 5.0cm f/3.5, Leica IIIa
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(yours truly on the left with the tommygun), Leica IIIa from 1937
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uncoated Elmar 5.0cm f/3.5, Adox 100 film, Leica M3 DS
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Mr_Flibble

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Aug 16, 2013
The Lowlands
Rick
1932 Leitz 5cm f/3.5 Elmar, Nickel Finish, married to my 1932 Leica II.



Tested it with a roll of Rollei RPX 100 over the last 10 days.

1. M4A1 Sherman tank. Wings of Liberation Museum, Best
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2. Folmer Graflex Combat 45 camera (freshly repainted in the proper USMC colors)
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3. Mats and Grandpa
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4. After the Snow
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5. Fallen Twins
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6. Toppled tree
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7. Roots along the nature trail
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BrianS

Legend
Jul 7, 2010
Great shots- i need to do a "shoot-out" with my post-war Elmar, I-22, and I-50. The latter two are shimmed for Leica. I found some Sigma rear-mount filters that fit the Industars.
 

Riego

Regular
Apr 17, 2019
Does anyone know any manual on how to disassemble and lubricate an Elmar 5cm f/3.5?
 

Mr_Flibble

Top Veteran
Aug 16, 2013
The Lowlands
Rick
Not from an screw mount Elmar, but a fixed one from a Leica I (Model A) from 1930.
Close-focusses to 1.5 feet.

Camera was repainted and reskinned, but the curtains were pinholed pretty badly.
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Since then I've (temporarily) fixed the curtains with some Liquid Electrical Tape

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BrianS

Legend
Jul 7, 2010
Rick- that's the oldest Leica featured on the forum.

Are you going to replace the curtains? The liquid electrical tape looks like it is doing a good job.
If you do the curtains- I would appreciate you posting pictures of the job.
 

Mr_Flibble

Top Veteran
Aug 16, 2013
The Lowlands
Rick
The plan is to replace them at some point in the future, but not sure I'm up to doing it myself. I've never attempted to replace Leica curtains before.
...Yet I have no issue with replacing Contax I curtain straps myself...
 

BrianS

Legend
Jul 7, 2010
I've never replaced them either, Youxin charged an extra $30 or so on my Nicca III and Leotax D-IV when doing the CLA.
I have an early Zorki with a non-collapsible I-22 on it, will be a good candidate to learn on.
 

Mr_Flibble

Top Veteran
Aug 16, 2013
The Lowlands
Rick
I've had one Leica IIIc done by the Starkies at CameraWorks-UK a few years back (rebuild, repaint and reverted to red-curtain blinds). Wasn't cheap and their waiting list these days pretty long.
A friend overhauled a Zorki I(c) (and a couple of Contax II cameras) for me back in the day, with new curtains, but he doesn't dare touch Leicas for some reason.

The Leica I(a) on the right.
 

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