Leica ELPRO/MACRO

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by reinier_de_vlaam, Jan 2, 2002.

  1. Hi Guys,

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    I'm pretty confused by what rings etc to use when.
    Leica talks about two Elpro rings 1 and 2) and
    1 macro to get closer to the subject.
    If I look on the web I however find many: e.g.

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    ELPRO VI A
    ELPRO VI B
    ELPRO VII A
    ELPRO 16531
    ELRPO 1
    ELPRO 2
    (Are there more?)

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    Now which is for which lenses etc? IS VI and VII for
    series 6 and 7 filtersizes? What then is 16531, 1 and 2?
    When to use the macro adapter, and when ELPRO, what
    are the distances you can reach (based on the minumum
    of the lens e.g if minimum is 1.7 then divide by 2 is
    .85)?

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    I have an elmarit 35/2.8, summicron 50/2, elmarit 135/2.8
    (all 2nd versions) and a Telyt 250/4 (first version but
    upgraded to R (and optically))
     
  2. There were four Elpros for earlier lenses (VIa, VIb, VIIa and VIIb).

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    The VI's were for Series 6 lenses and the VII's were for Series 7.
    The a and b versions of each one provided a difference in
    magnification. The VI's fit the 50 and the VII's fit the 90's and
    135.

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    These older Elpros were replaced by Elpros 1 through 4 which do the
    same thing but (I believe) are all 55mm screw-in.

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    Note that the latter Elpros can be used on any lens 50mm and over
    which accept a 55mm filter. This includes the discontinued 180 Elmar-
    R.
     
  3. All the ELPRO info you ever wanted to know (and then some) can be
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    http://www.wildlightphoto.com/leica/close_up.html
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  4. Doug,
    Which Elpro did you use with the 90 Summicron-R? I've been thinking
    about getting the Elpro 3 but if the 4 is useful as well, I could
    also use it on my 180 Elmar.

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    BTW, I have a 60 Macro Elmarit-R which is my *standard* R lense but
    having a longer macro would come in handy.
    Bud
     
  5. Hi Doug

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    How could I have missed it on your excellent site?

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    :)

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    Reinier
     
  6. >>>Doug, Which Elpro did you use with the 90 Summicron-R? I've been
    thinking about getting the Elpro 3 but if the 4 is useful as well, I
    could also use it on my 180 Elmar.
    BTW, I have a 60 Macro Elmarit-R which is my *standard* R lense but
    having a longer macro would come in handy. Bud
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    Bud, I've been using the Elpro VIIa on my 90mm Summicron-R,
    equivalent to the ELPRO 3. The ELPRO VIIb/4 doesn't provide as much
    magnification as the VII/3. The 90+VIIa gives me a little more
    working distance than the 60 by itself and a full stop more light; at
    the same time, since the ELPRO shortens the effective focal length of
    the lens it's attached to, I sometimes feel like the 60+lens
    extension is almost equivalent in image perspective to the 90+ELPRO.
     
  7. I use the Nikon 3T/4T (52mm) and 5T/6T (62mm) close-up lenses (these
    are multi-coated 2-element achromats of superb correction), with the
    appropriate step-up or step-down adaptors. I already had the Nikon
    lenses and saw no reason to buy the Leica versions. Canon also makes
    excellent 2-element close-up lenses. If you don't own any of these
    yet, the Macro-Adaptor-R or the set of R extension tubes will
    probably be cheaper than getting enough Elpros to cover all your
    lenses, including the 250 which takes a 72mm filter and would
    probably vignette with any of the close-up lenses.
     

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