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Fison with VOOLA arrived - but where have all the Elmars gone?

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I found a FISON with VOOLA in lovely condition for not a lot, and it arrived yesterday. I knew it was the wrong finish to pair seamlessly with my black paint Leica III and my nickel Elmar, but a hood is a hood. I had planned at some point on getting a IIIF, of which there are still a number around, but I had a look to see what price for a chrome Elmar 50mm f3.5.

None to be found with the usual suspects in the UK. Now I remember not so long ago Red Dot and Classic Camera having a lot. All gone there. 2 at Leica Vienna and one at SH Photo. Then I gave up, Ebay merely yielding the usual suspects from the FSU.

Yes there's been a boom in film cameras, but these seem the most unlikely of suspects for the new film shooters (give me an M6 and make it snappy). So I'm a little mystified!

Anyway, time to put the hood to use and work out by feel which aperture I'm setting.

 

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Nice camera and pretty low numbered Elmar! A black paint FISON would be the right one stylewise but chrome is ok and lightwight compared to a VALOO. If you want a second Elmar just look for a nice IIIf with a red scale Elmar, more common and cheaper than pre WWII ones.

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Thanks - any idea which year the Elmar was produced, I've yet to find any database with that low a number. It's a very nice lens indeed, clear glass and it certainly takes good photos.

I'll have a hunt for a camera lens combination.

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Can't read the camera's number but 12xxxx is 1933 or later so the lens is a few years earlier, maybe not the lens delivered with the camera.

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39 minutes ago, romanus53 said:

The experts say 1931 https://www.l-camera-forum.com/topic/295398-do-it-yourself-schrauber-thread/page/31/?tab=comments#comment-4084152

in #620, sorry it's German and in an different thread, but they will answer here soon too 😉

Jerzy should know about this lens. I believe that the lens is a very early numbered lens from 1931 or 1932  and they may have been matching Camera SNs for a while. Thiele's list starts at 92201 but there are a few, rarely seen, lenses in the 70,000 range which Jerzy knows about. The Camera with SN 74973, a II Model D,  would be from 1932. The camera shown here is probably from 1934. That FISON and VOOLA combination looks very nice. I have several FISONs and VALOO, but the VALOO is heavy and I don't use it very often.

William

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39 minutes ago, romanus53 said:

Can't read the camera's number but 12xxxx is 1933 or later so the lens is a few years earlier, maybe not the lens delivered with the camera.

Yes, the camera bpdy only was sold to me and I bought the lens later. 

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2 hours ago, Charles Morgan said:

It must be said, it is a cracking little lens. Whereas my 3.5cm f3.5 Elmar does show a lack of contrast, the early 50 is really good in most conditions.

 

It is called the 'lens that made Leica'. Without it we might not have Leica cameras around today. I have about 20 of them (most of them bought with vintage Leica cameras) and they are all excellent. I find very little quality variation among different samples. Well kept, it should last you forever. 

William

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