The perfect Street Lens? – Elmarit-R 28mm f/2.8

3 thoughts on “The perfect Street Lens? – Elmarit-R 28mm f/2.8”

  1. The 28mm lens is a favourite of quite a few street ‘togs including Garry Winogrand who had two mounted on a pair of battered M4 bodies. As the M4 did not have a viewfinder frame for a 28 lens, he had a seperate viewfinder plugged into the accessory shoe. I have used the 28 lens on a Nikon F but have always preferred a 35 as being between 28 and 50.


  2. The little wheel built into the lens hood for a circular polariser (series size) is brilliantly simple. I have the same in the lens hood of my Schneider Krueznach P A Curtagon 35mm f4 ‘shift’ lens I use on an old Leicaflex SL. Of course, on such a lens, there is no lever connection between the lens and the cameras meter. Thus the question of cams does not affect me as my SL has a dud meter – I simply use a Weston Master V for reflected and a Sekonic Studio Deluxe 11 for incident readings. Both meters are battery free so that eliminates power failures. I have put together a simple outfit for travels, especially abroad: the SL body, 35 f4 Curtagon, 50mm f2 Summicron, and 135mm f2.8 Elmarit R. All carried in a Billingham Hadley Original bag. Outfit is not too heavy and fairly discreet in use. Not many people are familiar with the Leicaflexes, hopefully a street mugger will assume its a 1960s Praktica and thus, worthless.


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