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[B]The Leica M-E[/B]

For my next 'Classics' revisited article for Amateur Photographer magazine I have just started to use a late 1990s Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 Asph.

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Yours Truly with a Sony Alpha 7[/B]

I'll be using it with a Leica M-E (18MP full frame) body and a Sony Alpha 7 full frame mirrorless body. I also have an adapter for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and it will be interesting to see how the Elmarit compares to a Micro Four Thirds 25mm f/1.4 Panasonic Leica. It's not possible to fit the Elmarit to a DSLR because the lens mount needs to be much closer to the sensor plane than is possible with cameras that have to make room for a mirror box.

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[B]The Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 Asph[/B]

One thing you immediately notice with the Elmarit is just how heavy it is; there is a lot of proper glass and metal in this design! The lens has recently been discontinued so it didn't quite make a 20 year run since its introduction in 1996, which makes it one of Leica's shorter lifespan lenses! But it's a pre-digital design and I'm particularly interested in how it fares on digital bodies. If we are lead to believe the various messages about the importance of designed-for digital optics, the Elmarit may well reveal a litany of shortcomings. But this is a Leica lens so it should also reveal some attractive features.

Look out for the article in AP in around month's time. In the mean time I will probably post a few images from my research here between now and then.