Every morning I look at a photograph taken with my 1962 Elmarit 90mm ƒ/2.8; I shot the Jungfrau from Wengen and a print of it hangs on the bedroom wall. However the lens doesn’t get as much use as it warrants, generally getting eschewed by the more modern 50 Lux or even more frequently the 28 Cron (both Asph lenses) however on this occasion I decided to give it a go.
Now the Leica M9 is never going to be an ideal motor-sport camera and I’m not going to pretend I find the 90mm easy to focus, but, if these people can get the cars started and into gear it would be poor form of me to complain too much. The lens looks OK on the camera (sorry about the scabby HTC shot) and feels comfortable. Also, when one tips up to the hill-climb with one’s partner on the R1200GS, the Leica kit fits nicely on the bike.
My German made Elmarit was an eBay accident, I saw it and lost the auction to one much higher bid than mine. The winning bid fell-through so the seller offered the lens to me at my last recorded bid which was less than I had been willing to pay. This meant that in Leica terms it was a reasonably priced lens, to the rest of the world ‘HOW MUCH? 1962? REALLY!?!’ Last year I did have a half-arsed attempt to move the lens on last year, it really doesn’t get used that much. I’ve just seen one on eBay for twice what I paid for mine so I guess it’s not doing too much harm sitting in the little Billingham.
Vintage Racing Cars at Wiscombe Park
Let’s get some non 90mm shots out of the way first, Wiscombe and either the 28mm ‘cron or the 50 ‘lux, much as one would expect, the M9 shines in these conditions really.