Leica Macro Elmar-M 90mm f/4

Last updated (01 September’10):
– Review by Stevehuffphoto

The Leica Macro Elmar-M 90mm f/4 features 90mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4. The lens construction has 4 elements in 4 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 27 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.78 meters (2.5 feet) and has a filter size of 39mm. The Leica Macro Elmar-M 90mm f/4 lens weighs 13.6 ounces and it measures 2.05 inches in diameter and 2.3 inches long.

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Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Leica Macro Elmar-M 90mm f/4 Reviews

Stevehuffphoto reviews the Leica Macro Elmar-M 90mm f/4 and writes;
“It’s sharp from f/2.8 down, it has a nice smooth rendering, the bokeh is nice, and it is relatively easy to find on the used market for a not so crazy price.”
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Kenrockwell reviews the Leica Macro Elmar-M 90mm f/4 and writes;
“Bokeh, the quality of out-of-focus areas as opposed to the degree of defocus, is wonderful wide-open. Backgrounds never distract. Bokeh degrades as stopped-down, but so what; if you need great bokeh, you’re shooting wide-open anyway. The LEICA MACRO-ELMAR-M 90mm f/4 has minor pincushion distortion. You won’t see it unless you’re looking for it, and even if you do, it’s minor. This is a very, very sharp lens at every aperture. It’s just as sharp wide open; in fact, I find f/4 to be the sharpest aperture; diffraction starts to dull things by f/5.6!”
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User Opinions

Leica Macro Elmar-M 90mm f/4 User Reviews

Macro lens for Leica M Rangefinder Cameras | Rating: ★★★☆☆
“I have no doubt that the 90mm f4 Macro Elmar-M telephoto lens is a superb optic in its own right,… I have seen superb pictures taken with this lens. However, I believe Leica erred in introducing this telephoto lens, since the rangefinder camera is not superior to the SLR camera for macrophotography (Instead, I know that it is much easier to focus closely with a 35mm SLR camera than a 35mm rangefinder camera for macrophotography, since you will see exactly what you’ll photograph through a 35mm SLR pentaprism, having spent many years photographing with 35mm SLR macro lenses made by Nikon and Carl Zeiss.)….” – by John Kwok

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Samples

Leica Macro Elmar-M 90mm f/4 Sample Photos

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Manual

Leica Macro Elmar-M 90mm f/4 User Manual

– Download Leica Macro Elmar-M 90mm f/4 User Manual (PDF – 335kb)

Features & Specifications

Leica Macro Elmar-M 90mm f/4 Specifications

With the Leica Macro-Adapter-M this lens permits macro shots to a magnification of 1:3. Without the adapter, it serves as a compact 90 mm telephoto lens. In combination with the Tri-Elmar, this lightweight telephoto lens provides an excellent, universally usable compact system for traveling. When retracted, it is no larger than a 50 mm lens.
Leica Macro Set M

The attractive set includes the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 (black anodized or silver chrome-plated), the Leica Macro-Adapter-M for M 90 mm f/4 and the M Anglefinder. It is a real boon for shooting in the macro mode, as when shooting flowers, insects and other close-up subjects, and is a great portrait lens.

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