First shots with the Leitz Elmar 50mm f/3.5 (and Leica iiic)

By Hamish Gill

Concurrently to the first roll I put through the Contax T3, I also shot my first shots with the Leitz Elmar 50mm f/3.5. The iiic being the camera I am giving away in this competition – I thought “id better test it make sure it works ok. As it goes, it turns out it could do with the rangefinder having a little bit of a clean, or maybe a re-silver, or whatever they would do to make it a bit brighter. Good news for the winner I suppose, as I have decided that before it goes to it’s new owner, it is going for a CLA.

As for the Leitz Elmar 50mm f/3.5… It is a coated one from 1948, though I’m not sure there is a great deal left of the coating, and it is a little on the hazy side. This first set of results is pretty much as I expected they would be, they look like they were taken on a 70 year slightly hazy lens. Still, they are not without charm, and it will be interesting to see the difference once the lens has has a bit of a clean.

As usual, the photos are uploaded to flickr big enough for close inspection should you wish to closely inspect them. One thing you will find is a good chunk of resolving power in that lens – and that is despite the haze!

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Powick Mill on a particularly drab, slightly misty day. Combined with the hazy lens, the resultant photo perhaps lacks a little punch. Though I quite like it – seems to suit the subject


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A few ducks


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I’ve taken these pylons loads of times, I’m never happy with the outcome. This time I got the comp ok, but the image has a little motion blur I think… ah well…


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They spotted me


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Powick Mill from the other side


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Resolution, but little overall contrast.


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I’m yet to find out what all these ribbons are about



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Shot through windows of a empty shop unit in town


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Part of Worcester’s skyline


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I’ve taken this photo so many times, as have most people with a camera in Worcester. Im pleased with the light on this occasion though!

Cheers for reading



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By Hamish Gill
I started taking photos at the age of 9. Since then I've taken photos for a hobby, sold cameras for a living, and for a little more than decade I've been a professional photographer and, of course, weekly contributor to 35mmc.
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