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Accidently I came across a variation of the Tele-Elmarit 2.8/90mm that I was not aware of before. This one looks exactly as my Tele-Elmarit-M 2.8/90mm, but is bears the name Tele-Elmarit instead of Tele-Elmarit-M. Also the scripture on the front is different and contains the serial number, which in my version is engraved on the aperture ring.

This is the link: Leica Tele-Elmarit 2,8/90mm 11800 // 31687,11 | eBay

Is this an early version, before the name was changed to Tele-Elmarit-M perhaps?

Lex

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29 minutes ago, lct said:

Yes early models have not the suffix M...

Just to confirm what lct has already written there is a London dealership which, currently, has for sale #2 585 XXX similarly engraved which is claimed (and I trust this dealer's word 100%) to be one of the first 500 examples of the 90mm f2.8 T-E ever made (FWIW the dealership is asking £299  / 345 Euros).

Philip.

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FWIW I have 2695XXX (serial number engraved on the front as above) and which has no M engraved either. Another Leica anomaly. At some point they obviously made the change and whilst it may have been on all lenses from a specific serial number, from what I've seen of such anomalies I would not be surprised If Leica had another way of doing things which resulted in a mix of styles of engraving within the serial number series. Nice lens but haze can be difficult to clean and flare can be a problem. It absolutely needs hood IUFOO (12575)!

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According to Wiki (Source is Puts) a Lens in the 2.8xx.xxx ought to be marked as "M" :

 

SN Start SN End Product Year Total
2585501 2588500 90mm f/2.8 Tele-Elmarit (ELC) 1973 3000
2656951 2659450 90mm f/2.8 Tele-Elmarit (ELC) 1973 2500
2695501 2697500 90mm f/2.8 Tele-Elmarit-M 1974 2000
2726921 **2728920 **135mm f/2.8 Tele-Elmarit (ELC) 1976 [2000]
2792651 2794650 90mm f/2.8 Tele-Elmarit-M (ELC) 1976 2000
2831351 2832350 90mm f/2.8 Tele-Elmarit-M 1977 1000

But all of us do known well that those data are often not the Bible... 😁  Anyway the London dealer is  truthful about its 2.585.xxx .By chance, in my  archives i have pictures of a 2.967.9xx ("Tele - Elmarit   Leitz Canada")  and a 2.968.8xx ("Tele - Elmarit - M  Leitz Lens Made in Canada"

 

 

 

Edited by luigi bertolotti

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On my Leitz catalogues before 1977 it is "Elmarit" and after it becomes "Elmarit-M". I have not the catalogues from 1977 to 1981 so i don't know exactly when the change occurred. 

Edited by lct

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From my archives, eight serials for Tele-Elmarit 2.8/90, all made in Canada : 2069742 ("fat" 1st version 11800, no M); 2070898 (idem); 2071194 (idem, chrome); 2342556 (idem, black); 2490555 (idem); 2793033 (new definition, but always lacking M); 2941392 and 3201480 (both black new version, only the last number  with Tele-Elmarit-M).

Let's add that all lenses came in my collection with 11252 and 14269 caps, and with either 12575 normal or 11250 supple hoods.

Two "fat" 11800 versions.

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😉The old "fat" (or "nano") is definitely nicer than the TE... 😎... just a question of feel, of course... but if you handle a "fat" and handle a TE , you touch the difference from how items were designed and built in the '60s  and the '70s

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My last one (I've had three "thin T-E 90" over time bought/sold) is TELE-ELMARIT (without -M), serial 2.871.xxx

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After using for a couple of years I found my slim T-E (with clean glass) less sharp & contrasty than I wanted,, even when used with my wobbly, snap fastened & ancient 90&136mm  sunshade, so it was replaced with the "Voigtländer" apo lanthar 90mm. with a sunshade that mjust be screwded on but stays on.

 

p.

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A typical example of fun passion for collectors 😁 my 2 Tele Elmarit... one from the first batch (Canada), the other from the last batch (Germany)... (*)

(*) first "official", to be precise...  some items in the 2.001.xxx are reported... 🙄

Edited by luigi bertolotti

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My wife’s late Grandfather had some Leica Gear, and among the stuff I found Friday is a copy of this 90. Cosmetics don’t look good - almost a beater - focusing is a bit stiff, but Lenses are clean and results very nice :) 

Tele-Elmarit M 90 on Leica CL (digital)

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