Leica Elmar 35mm f/3.5 With Black & White Film Review

leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films

Cookies in the pocket Leica Elmar35 f/3.5

When I am no longer able to change my vision, I am challenged to change my lens. Max Berek creates 35mm and 50mm    ‘cookies’. Tiny and beautiful. Sometimes I don’t want to bring a camera bag, so I put another Elmar in my pocket with my cookies.

“It’s a Elmar.”

“It’s a cookie.”

“It’s a cookie Elmar.”

“You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind.”

leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films

Beautiful and Strong

This 80 year old lens is like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong. Elmar35 is made of brass. After more than half a century, you can also use it on digital cameras using an adapter. Elmar35 is a lens that will never break.

Street Photography

This    Elmar 35mm is an ideal fit for street photography with a film camera. Many prefer it permanently mounted on the camera, ready for instant use, instead of the collapsible 50mm Elmar.

Sharpness

Although the corners can be a bit soft when shot wide open, the center of the image is sharp. Shrinking the aperture can increase sharpness and also increase the depth of field.

Bokeh

You read it right, it did have bokeh when wide open. The bokeh as seen here is very pleasing, being natural and rounded. A bit like the bokeh of summicron 35mm f2 v1, and a bit like the bokeh of summicron 35mm f2 v4, or a mixture of them. It is not a ‘Dream Lens’, but you can take a nap.

leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films

Filter

Leica yellow filters for A36 is a good filter to use to increase contrast and tonal separation for black and white photography. Because a yellow filter absorbs blue, it provides significantly greater contrast between blue and yellow or white subjects.

Hood

Black paint hood FLQOO, I suggest putting one in your pocket, it is helpful especially with digital M cameras. Lens flare occurs when a point of light source such as the sun is much brighter than the rest of the scene. It can be damaging to your images. However, some photographers and collectors are willing to collect this hood.

Glare

The glare of Elmar35 3.5 is very interesting, the light is evenly distributed to all around.

Digital M

Tt is really a challenge to use an 80 year old lens on a digital camera. However, ELMAR 35 provides a high imaging performance. For a long time I got the lens on my M8. On the Leica M9    the ‘Leica Look’ is real, it has rich colors and smooth tonal.

Elmar and Summaron

Leica Elmar uses glass from Schott, a Zeiss Group company. Summaron use uses Leica glass.

Well, the Summaron 3.5 is almost a giant compared to this Elmar, almost double the size.

Production period: 1930-1949 
Code: LEDTF(non standardised), EKURZCHROM (chrome), 1, EKURZ(nickel
EKURZUP(nickel), EKURZ(postwar 
Serial#:171,001(1933)-n/a 
Total production: ca. 42, 800 
Maximum aperture: 1: 3.5 
Focal length(nominal): 35mm 
Angle: 64
Minimum distance: 100cm 
Weight: 110- 130 grams 
Filter: A36
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films
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