New Leica Macro Elmar-M 90mm f/4 lens and Macro-M adapter announced

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Leica Camera announced a new Macro Elmar-M 90mm f/4 lens and Macro-M adapter (check price and order options):

The Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 can be used as a compact 90mm 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.

As the Macro-Adapter-M is also compatible with other M lenses, it offers Leica M photographers an even wider range of opportunities for creative composition and additional variety in reportage portfolios. With Leica lenses from 50mm and longer, it enables macro photography up to a reproduction ratio of 1:2 and, with wide-angle lenses, even larger ratios.

Sample images with the new lens can be found here. No other information is available at this point.

Additional images:

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  • http://ShutterMuse.com DanCarr

    Hmm, this lens was at the back of the Leica T image that also shows the unknown 35mm summicron.

  • mooh

    1:2. Very cool, better than the 1:3 we had with the old ridiculously priced, 960-grams 14409 adapter. Now we moved forward into the ’80s.

    Yet the new one has no goggles, looks like it’s for live-view only, thus M240 users only.

    Matters not, it’s gonna cost something around $4195, who’ll buy that anyway?

    • http://leicarumors.com/ Leica Rumors

      I have not seen a price yet. This time Leica decided not to distribute any press releases which is why there were no leaks in advance :)

    • DWS

      Tamarkin (http://www.tamarkin.com/products/m-series/lenses) lists these new prices:

      90 Macro-Elmar-M f4 (14652) $3,650

      Macro-Adapter-M (14652) $690

  • Shamael

    back to the future, like always with Leica

    • guest

      And yet here you are…

  • dannybuoy

    Will this adaptor offer any advantages over an OUFRO? Or is it just the new version of the OUFRO??

    • Paul

      The main advantage over the OUFRO is for Leica: this new adaptor will be much more expensive, so a lot of money for them.

      And of course, it is black, and not chrome. Better looking?

    • DWS

      The new adaptor has variable extension, but it’s not clear if it’s just the two positions (if you look at the photos, sometimes there’s a silver “collar” extending forward, sometimes not) or if you can set it to in-between positions. It looks like you’ll have something like 20 or 33mm extension with the two settings. With live view on an M240, you can collapse the new lens and use it at infinity on the adaptor, allowing you to get all the way from infinity to 1:2 without having to take the lens or adaptor off.

  • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

    This lens is a piece of junk. f/4 but not APO… only 4 elements although made for macro – infinity, not even a single ASPH surface and costs nearly as much as the Coastal Optics 60/4 which has five CaF2 elements and is corrected from UV to IR.

    The technical data sheet is also full of copy and paste errors:

    http://us.leica-camera.com/content/download/115141/1165461/version/2/file/Technical+Data+Leica+Macro-Elmar-M+90+mm+f4.pdf

    Focusing to infinity with the adapter still on is a nice feature but what a wasted opportunity to make a fantastic macro lens.

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