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Replacement Lens Samples

writer: russell j.t. dyer; posted: Apr 2010; revised: Mar 2018; readers past month: 642

As mentioned in a couple of previous posts, on impulse, I bought a Leica Elmar 9cm f/4 (LTM) lens from a store in Milan. However, it had problems: the center of the images had a cloudy look. So I took it back to the store and paid an additional fifty euros to buy a Leitz ‘Thin’ Elmar 9cm f/4 Telephoto lens.

It took me a few days to get a clear day—it rained a good bit after I exchanged the lens—but I finally managed to get out and test the new lens. In case anyone is wondering, the results of the new lens is considerably better—especially since there’s no cloudy center to the photos. Below is a sample from the roll I took a few days ago.

Canon P Camera
Leitz Elmar 9cm f/4 Lens
Canon P Camera
Leitz Elmar 9cm f/4 Lens
Canon P Camera
Leitz Elmar 9cm f/4 Lens

These were all taken in Milan, Italy in the Piazza dei Duomo. It was a sunny day, so I had the aperture set to f/8 and the shutter around 1/125. I don’t remember and I didn’t make note of the settings for each shot.

There’s nothing spectacular about the lens, but it’s alright for the price and age. Well, I may have paid too much for this lens, as well. But overall I’m fairly pleased with it. Plus, it’s my first and only Leica.