Replacement Lens Samples

writer: russell j.t. dyer; posted: apr 2010; revised: mar 2018; readers past month: 1132

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.

Test Shots with Leica Elmar 9cm f/4 (LTM) 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.