Elcan 50 f/2

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by eric_hurtado, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. Does someone have used the Elcan 50 f/2, a four elements lens supplied for the US army
    as the standard lens for the KE7A, military version of the M4 camera?
    What are the results?

    Also very fascinating ,the 66mm/f2 or the 90mm/f1 !

    thank's for your answers.
  2. Holy (*%(%(*! Is that a 90mm f1.0? Who made that, when and where?
  3. E. Leitz, Canada, now known as Elcan, made some oddball optics for the millitary. I have vague recollections that Modern Photography magazines got hold of the 50/2 to try out. It was more than sharp enough to produce acceptable 8x10 prints, the kind of things you might use in a newspaper or brochure, but wide open it wasn't going to give you super crisp 16x20's. As a practical lens for shooting public relations pix or news it was fine.
  4. you have the "beast",Elcan 9Omm/f1 here:


    ...and you can also buy it....
  5. Looking at the elcan 90 f/1, it looks very similar to the 90 f/1 picker x-ray lens. Does
    anyone know if the optics are the same?
  6. I have been very fortunate to have owned all three of these Elcan lenses.
    here are my comments.

    Elcan 50/2 -- a mediocre lens optically, made to fulfill the U.S. Army
    contract for the KE7A, which specified that a normal lens would be
    supplied. Nice and compact but otherwise nothing special -- a 50/2.8
    Elmar performs better.

    Elcan 66/2 -- a superb lens, one of the best ever. Made for high resolution
    espionage by NATO military attaches stationed in the Soviet Bloc during
    the Cold War. Works just fine on an M camera.

    Elcan 90/1 -- Totally impractical for normal photography. Focus is not
    coupled to the M rangefinder (and viewfinder is blocked by the huge
    lens). Instead, focus is achieved by extension rings for fixed distances, in
    tandem with a special lighting system. Designed for photographing Soviet
    submarines in poor light -- this is NOT for portraits of your
    mother-in-law! Note: Optically not the same lens as the other 90/1 Elcan
    made for Picker X-Ray Corp.
  7. I owned an elcan 66mm that I purchased along with an M4-2. The setup would scratch the film and all the pictures were out of focus. I wrote a letter to Lecia and I was immediately visited by the FBI who impounded the camera. It appears that it was a Naval intellegience camera and the particular camera/lense combination that I purchased was set up for special thin infrared film. I wish I still owned it but it was misappropriated from it rightful owners (the taxpayers) somewhere along the path to me. An experience that I would rather not repeat.

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