Leica Elmar 135mm f4 Review + Photos

Leica Elmar 135mm f4 Review – My first Leica lens!

Leica Elmar 135mm f4 review and sample photos using the lens on various Leica cameras (Leica M3, Leica M9, Leica CL..)

Elmar 135mm f4 Photo – Mirror Selfie!

Test shot with my latest lens into the mirror. A 1960s chrome Leica Elmar 135mm f4 lens (on my Leica M9). The lens arrived from Denmark today.
Leica Elmar 135mm

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Longer focal length lenses such as the 90mm and 135mm are known to not always focus on the digital Leica M9 camera meaning the M9 rangefinder (“RF”) would need calibrating for that lens. I took the risk and bought one anyway and to my delight this lens is sharp wide open shot at f4. It also has a very shallow DOF at the minmum focal distance of 1.5m. All in all very pleased especially considering the low second hand prices of these lenses. Leica CL + Elmar 135mm Leica Fashion

Vintage Chrome Leica Elmar 135mm f4 lens

Considering the Elmar 135/4 is approximately 40 years old the glass and aperture blades are in mint condition and it looks like it was made in 2013. It even came with the original Leica bubble hard case.

Leica Elmar 135mm f4 Flickr test photos

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Leica Elmar 135mm f4 Portraits

Modern Classic 1960s Leica Elmar 135mm f4 Leica Elmar 135mm f4 Portrait

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Author: matthewosbornephotography

Coventry, UK studio based Model and Wedding Photographer offering both Medium Format Film and Digital Images. 1-2-1 Photography and Lighting Tuition also available.

3 thoughts on “Leica Elmar 135mm f4 Review + Photos”

  1. Sharp as a tack at f/4, and great for close ups at 38” or closer with Visoflex focusing mount and closeup tube set. I got the lens head and both mounts with closeup tube for $150 on ebay. No one else wanted it.

    1. Thanks for writing. Yes I agree a great value for money Leica lens! I was surprised how cheap it was! :)0;

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