elmar 50

“When I found you, I had not found myself yet, but when I found myself, I had already lost you.”
― Elmar Hussein

Nikon F100/50 1.8

Kodak Portra 160

Christopher Williams, Cutaway of a LEICA TRI-ELMAR-M“, 28-35-50 mm f/4 ASPH., Angle of view:, Focal lenght 28 mm: 75°, 65°, 46°, Focal length 35 mm: 63°, 54°, 38°, Focal length 50 mm: 47°, 40°, 27°, Optical design: 8 elements in 6, Aperture: f/4 (largest) f/22 (smallest), Scale: combined meter/feet-increments, Leica M quick-change bayonet, Focusing range: 1m to Infinity, Smallest object field:, Focal length 28 mm: 750 x 1130 mm, Focal length 35 mm: 620 x 930 mm, Focal length 50 mm: 430 x 650 mm, Highest reproduction ratio:, Focal length 28 mm: 1:31, Focal length 35 mm: 1:26, Focal length 50 mm: 1:18, Lens produced between: 1998 and 2007, Date of the cut: unknown, Fotostudio Axel Gnad, Düsseldorf, February 13, 2009, 2009

Occupied #2 (2014, Agfa Ambi Silette with Color-Solinar 2.8/50, DM Paradies 200 @ ISO 100, Snapseed)

You know what? This 50 mm “Color-Solinar” is the same lens design (a 4 element Cooke triplet, aka “Tessar type”) as in my Agfa Super Isolette, and it gives the same, mind-blowingly good image quality (very high resolution and detail contrast) – in a mid-fifties Agfa amateur rangefinder camera!

I’m amazed about this lens, it blows everything else I’ve used so far out of the water (at least when it comes to Tessar type lenses). I have to do some more tests, but it looks as if it is better than the Werra’s Zeiss Tessar and Leica’s Elmar 2.8/50 (V1) …