Leica Showcase Leica 90mm f4 Macro-Elmar

carlb

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To keep my mind (and wallet) away from an M10 purchase, it was time for a search to expand the M-mount lens collection. I've been wanting a longer reach lens for M-mount. To keep things simple on the M9, it would be the longest lens directly supported by viewfinder frame lines: a 90mm.

Found a 90mm f4 Macro-Elmar used, in good shape on eBay. Very compact when collapsed, still very compact when not collapsed, check. Read good things about this lens, check. So I bid ... and won.

I've been out shooting it this weekend and last, so here are the results. First, the obligatory "Leica Cheesecake Shot:"

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M with 90mm Macro Elmar
by Carl B, on Flickr

But Just a pretty face? View on:

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aound the bend
by Carl B, on Flickr

Sharp - and telephoto! "Scenic" with this lens means "shoot from way afar."

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creek under the tracks
by Carl B, on Flickr

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amber grasses
by Carl B, on Flickr

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walk to a view
by Carl B, on Flickr

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mississippi river at ford parkway
by Carl B, on Flickr

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minnesota veterans home
by Carl B, on Flickr

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maya
by Carl B, on Flickr

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minnehaha creek at the mississippi
by Carl B, on Flickr

I can see why this makes a good portrait lens. And yet with a bit of thought (and distance), it's a great scenery lens too. And exceptionally compact for a 90mm, even more so when collapsed.
 
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