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Question about 50mm Elmar M

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I have bought one of these s/h in near mint condition. The lens collapses and extends. Should the lens 'lock' in the collapsed position or just in the extended position?

 

Unfortunately I have no instructions to refer to.

 

Thanks in anticipation.

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"Lock" is a relative term. There is no audible click or anything, so don't listen for one! This is a great lens, that produces exceptional results, particularly stopped down slightly. It was my only 50 for years and makes any M a perfect travel camera.

 

Regards,

 

Bill

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Which lens are we talking about -- the 1958 Elmar or the current one? The oldtimer differs notably from the classical 3.5 Elmar in that the contrast is somewhat less on axis, but the definition is much more even across the entire image. It also holds up very well at close focusing range, in fact even closer (with a 'spider legs' bayonet copy stand, for instance).

 

Be advised that the most convenient lens hood for this dear old Elmar is actually the same one sold for the current lens. No. 12549 is bright chrome on the outside and black on the inside, 12550 is all black, and the lovely original chromed lens cap with the Leica logo slips right on its front! Now you only need a chromed E39 UVa filter ...

 

The clip-on hoods are a pain to use with an M6 or later, because the thick base is in the way when you try to adjust the aperture with the camera raised to your eye.

 

The old man from the Age of Four-element Lenses

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Which lens are we talking about -- the 1958 Elmar or the current one? The oldtimer differs notably from the classical 3.5 Elmar in that the contrast is somewhat less on axis, but the definition is much more even across the entire image. It also holds up very well at close focusing range, in fact even closer (with a 'spider legs' bayonet copy stand, for instance).

 

Be advised that the most convenient lens hood for this dear old Elmar is actually the same one sold for the current lens. No. 12549 is bright chrome on the outside and black on the inside, 12550 is all black, and the lovely original chromed lens cap with the Leica logo slips right on its front! Now you only need a chromed E39 UVa filter ...

 

The clip-on hoods are a pain to use with an M6 or later, because the thick base is in the way when you try to adjust the aperture with the camera raised to your eye.

 

The old man from the Age of Four-element Lenses

 

It's the current one.

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