Talk:75mm f/2 Elcan-R

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John Francis (john_f) Senior Member Username: john_f

Post Number: 892 Registered: 09-2002

Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 08:26 pm: Edit PostDelete Post Justin,

The lens in the picture is the ELCAN-R 75mm f/2 C-341, made by ELCAN, Canada in the early 1970's (approx 1975) as part of the "U.S. Navy High Resolution Small Format Camera System". ELCAN ( was and still is the military/industrial branch of the old "Ernst Leitz Canada". In 1998, the ELCAN plant was sold to Raytheon (USA), who bought it from its previous owner, Hughes Aircraft Co.

This "High Resolution System" is/was composed of the following: - ELCAN-R 75mm f/2, code C-341 - ELCAN-R 180mm f/3.4, code C-303 - ELCAN-R 450mm f/5.6, code C-329 - there was also a �standard issue� Leitz Summicron-R 35mm f/2 - Leicaflex SL 35mm SLR camera (modified??) - Leitz Focomat II (modified), code EN-121A - Vincent electrical shutter (for enlarger) - ELCAN 52mm enlarger lens (20x-25x enlargements) - ELCAN 20mm enlarger lens (40x-75x enlargements) - Very high resolution B&W film, and developer

All above lenses are of Apochromatic correction of the very highest degree, and were specifically designed by Walter Mandler of Leitz Canada/ELCAN. Walter Mandler was, at the time, the Chief Engineer at Leitz Canada. He is responsible for the design of the current Summicron 50mm, both M and R, the Noctilux-M 50mm f/1, the original APO-Telyt-R 180mm f/3.4, the original Elmarit-R 19mm f/2.8, etc... A legend in his own time!

Justin, this (APO) ELCAN 75mm lens is VERY RARE! There was one for sale many years ago in a Florida photo store (and the store owner knew nothing about it...). May I ask you where you saw it? Thank you for bringing this unique lens to our attention.

BTW, have a look at this link:

Best regards,

John F.

P.S. Click on this link for a history of ELCAN (Ernst Leitz Canada) Justin Scott (Melbourne, Australia) (hektor) Senior Member Username: hektor

Post Number: 2047 Registered: 09-2002

Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2004 - 02:41 am: Edit PostDelete Post Dear John,

Thank-you for the very informative material on ELCAN.

The photo of the lens was sent to me by a friend asking if I could identify it. He said it is for sale on eBay, but I cannot locate it. Probably sold already.

Lets hope Leica Camera AG (Solms) releases a derivative of this lens at Photokina.