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Near Mint! Red Scale Elmar - 3.5/50mm coated lens


Near Mint! Red Scale Elmar - 3.5/50mm coated lens

$ 445.00 USD

For Leica screw mount bodies.

In this listing we have a 50mm coated Elmar lens. It’s the so-called red scale version (because of the red numbers on the lens mount). This is the last version of the 3.5/50mm screw mount Elmar lens and it's widely regarded the best one that Leitz produced. The red scale elmar featured newer postwar glass and a mild rework of the classic optical design. The cosmetics, the precision of the assembly and the lens coating was improved as well. What didn’t change was the unique Leica look these lenses produce. Leitz was careful to leave that just as it was. This lens has a beautiful rendering and an attractive background bokeh. Compared to the early Elmars, its higher contrast makes it easier to use in back-lit situations.  

This lens can be used on all vintage Leica screw mount bodies (as well as Canon, Bessa and other Leica based designs). It can also be used on later Leica M mount cameras if you have an adapter. Naturally this lens s works very nicely on mirrorless digital cameras and is very popular. 

The lens is in exceptionally fine condition. The focus and aperture moves smoothly, the glass is super clean, the coating is perfect and it’s capable of producing lovely photos on modern color and B&W films. All in all a beautiful lens that will compliment your Leica perfectly.

It comes complete with a lovely satin chrome Leitz lens cap.

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