90mm Elmarit 2.8 from the '60s


Mu-43 Legend
Feb 19, 2010
I was at a photo show today, and someone was selling a 90mm Elmarit 2.8 that was pretty old. It's the same lens as the silver one here (sorry for the KR link) http://www.kenrockwell.com/leica/90mm-lenses.htm

Anyone have opinions on this lens? They were asking $340, which seemed high to me. The show is also tomorrow, so I could go back.

The glass seemed very clean (a few small dust specs, no oil on the ap blades, no fungus). Seems like this could be a good m43 lens if it's sharp enough.

I also got an older Rokker 58 1.4 MC for $40. Thought it was a good deal, now I think it's a pretty pedestrian price. Still, I'm waiting for the adapter to try it out.

Any comments on the 90 Elmarit idea are appreciated. If anyone has sample photos on m43, even better :)


Mu-43 Hall of Famer
Dec 26, 2009
The Cotswolds, UK
I have the 90mm f2.8 last version -it is a superb lens that I have used for quite a few years, in the UK the current price for a later one in good condition is around £650.00.

I have used mine on the GF1 and it is superb but does need to be used with the EVF for ease of use!


Mu-43 Hall of Famer
Jan 29, 2010
South Gippsland, Australia
Real Name
Ray, not Oz
Even those old lenses seem to work superbly on today's digital cameras for some reason and that price doesn't seem too bad if the lens is in about mint condiiton. See here for more info: http://www.cameraquest.com/mlenses.htm.

Just check to see if the lens is the Leica M mount, or the screw mount with an adapter. If the latter, you may be able to wrangle the price down a bit.



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