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What is your favourite compact 90?


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The only 90 I've got is a Tele-Elmarit, and it's a nice little lens. Funny, I actually have it up for sale because I thought I didn't need a 90, but today was shooting landscapes with it and started wondering if I should keep it. Maybe I'm growing fond of it. Now what do I do?
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I find myself liking the 90mm view, so I ended up with three 90s (which is way too much): A thin tele-elmarit, an elmar-c and a ltm elmar. I really like the elmar-c best, even better than the tele-elmarit. About the same size and weight and definitely flares less, which makes it much more usable for travel photography, since I like to shoot into the light. If it only were f2 (and keeping its size and weight) ...<div>004CQx-10578884.jpg.1312d705622ebf4e615ee03987626757.jpg</div>
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I, too, have three 90's. I love the new 90 F2 because it cuts such a sharp image. However,I recently acquired a collapseable 90F4. from the looks of it, it must have been almost new. The results are just great. After getting used to the infinity lock, I find myself most comfortable with it. The third,a Tele-Elmarit, is nice and light-weight for carrying all day. I guess I'll keep them all!
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I have an old ~1950 Elmar LTM 90 f/4 and a ~1970 Summicron 90 f/2. The Summicron is a monster--great optics but so big as to be a real burden. The Elmar has given me problems in the past when using it wide open, but it is very compact.

 

After a recent holiday where I lugged the Summicron around for two weeks, I've decided to make another attempt at using the Elmar on a regular basis. Step one is to get a lens hood, and step two is to stop it down more, to f/8 or f/11 at least...

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I still love the 'thin' '74-'89 Tele-Elmarit-M. Plenty sharp although it suffers at the edges and (slightly) close-up compared to the current lens - and do a search here on the forum for lens disease potential in the early production. At 225g it's 55% the weight of the 410g current f/2.8 lens, and I actually prefer its slightly lower contrast in many situations.</p>

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A <a href="http://www.photo.net/photo/652355&size=lg">Tele-Elmarit-M</a> picture (balanced for gamma 1.8 - may appear dark on Windows screens). It nails the pores, eyelashes and water drops on the face at left.

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I had an early "fat" chrome Tele-Elmarit and it produced beautiful shots with high contrast film such as K64. I sold it in 1988. Now they are sort after and I miss the lens. I have the current Elmarit in both M and R configurations. Excellent lens, but it does not "sing" like the Tele-E or my Summilux-R 80mm.
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I too have used an early f/2 Summicron, and a splendid but

massive chrome beastie it was too (though not as heavy as

some of the latest SLR lenses of course). Sounds like the f/2.8

Elmarit-M or Tele-Elmarit are good bets. I like the idea of the f/4

Elmar rigid or collapsible, but the extra speed really comes in

useful - not just for low light when you need a fast shutter speed,

but for shallower depth of field. This, IMHO, is another reason

why rangefinders still have it over compacts. These may go from

28 to 90, which is undoubtedly very useful, but they start at f/4

and go down to something like f/9 or less at the long end....

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