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A supremely versatile macro telephoto lens
The Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 can be used as a compact 90 mm telephoto lens or, in combination with the Leica Macro-Adapter-M, for macro shots up to a magnification of 1:2. Either way, the lens provides an incredibly high imaging performance.
Without the adapter, the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 is an extremely versatile telephoto lens – for example, for portraits with shallow depth of field and in travel photography for capturing details in landscapes. For reportage photography, the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 allows photographers to capture discreet shots at a greater distance from the subjects. The Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 is a compact and lightweight alternative to existing Leica M-Lenses of this focal length. When not in use, the lens can be collapsed to save valuable space in the camera bag.
The LEICA Macro-Elmar-M 90mm f/4 is a high-performance telephoto lens. Its mid-length is best suited for portraits, in which the key to the picture is to clearly distinguish the people from the background. For travel photography, it is an indispensable companion for detailed views, e.g. for landscapes shots. In reportage photography, it allows discreet shots to be taken from longer distances. On cameras with live view functions such as the Leica M (Typ 240), photos from up to 41cm are possible when using the Leica Macro Adapter M (order no. 14 652), for scales up to 1:2. The image quality is excellent over the entire image field and is largely retained, even in the close up range. It is comparable with that of the legendary Leica Macro-Elmarit-R 100mm f/2.8. Even with an aperture of 4, the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90mm f/4 delivers almost optimum performance, i.e. the maximum aperture can be used as the "standard" aperture with no restrictions; stopping down essentially only increases the depth of field. The slight pulvinate distortion at the corners of the image is almost neglible at 1.3%. With a maximum of 1.2 aperture stops at full aperture, vignetting, i.e. dimming of the corners of the image, hardly ever occurs even in critical situations. Stopping down by 2 stops almost entirely eliminates it. The multi-layer reflection-minimizing coating of the individual lens surfaces guarantees the neutral reproduction that is typical of Leica. With a retractable design, its length of just 41mm when retracted make it an extremely compact alternative to the two other 90mm lenses in the M range.
Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical): 27, 23, 15 degrees (M8: 20, 17, 11 degrees)
Optical design:Number of elements/ groups: 4 /4
Position of entrance pupil (from bayonet flange): 22 mm
Focusing range: 0.8 m to infinity
Distance setting: Scale: combined meter / graduation
Smallest object field: 169 mm x 244 mm (Adapter 72 x 108 mm) M8: 122 mm x 183 mm (Adapter 36 x 54 mm)
Largest reproduction ratio: 1:6.7
Aperture Setting / Type: prefix with click-stops, half steps, click-stop
Lowest value: f/22
Bayonet: Leica M quick-change bayonet
Filter mount: E39
Lens hood: separate lens hood
Dimensions and weight: Length: Approx. 59 mm
Largest diameter: Approx. 52 mm
Weight: approx. 230 g
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