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Sony Nex-7 and Leica 90mm Tele Elmarit

February 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Sony Nex-7 w/ Leica 90 Tele Elmarit Exposure ISO 800 @ 1/100s f2.8 "Kodak looking for birds"

 

The Leica 90 mm Tele Elmarit is one of those lenses that is always overlooked. In the used lens market it is only worth between $600 and $800 but is really worth a look for you folks that are out there looking for an inexpensive entry into the world of Leica glass. The combination of Leica legacy glass and the Sony Nex-7 is a super combination. I bought my Nex-7 for about $500 used and with the M adapter it totaled about $630. I was not thrilled with the tightness of the Metabones adapter so I am on the lookout for the overpriced Novoflex one. I am borrowing one at the moment and it is superior in every way.

 

So back to the 90 mm Tele Elmarit. As you can see it is tack sharp! On the Nex-7 it is a 135 f2,8 and this shot was made at an incredible 2 feet away wide open. With the M9 things would be different. At wide open the focus peaking works flawlessly and the highlight in Kodak's eyes was a nice bright red (peaking) so how can you miss - the focusing was fast. This is not always the case but it happens quite often. I think the best thing about my experience with the Sony and Leica legacy glass has been that the whole combination is so small and easy to handle. The upside benefit is that you have all the great features of the new digital cameras with Leica glass - what a combo.


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