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Leitz Elmar 35mm F/3.5

Wide-angle prime lens • Film era • Discontinued

Production details

Announced:1930
Production status: Discontinued
Production type:Mass production
Order No.:EKURZ
EKURZKUP
EKURZCHROM
Original name:Leitz Elmar f=3,5cm 1:3,5
System: Leica SM (1930)

Features highlight

Manual
10 blades
MF
Lightweight

Specification

Optical design
Focal length:35mm
Speed:F/3.5
Maximum format:35mm full frame
Mount and Flange focal distance:Leica screw mount [28.8mm]
Diagonal angle of view:63.4° (35mm full frame)
Lens construction:4 elements - 3 groups
Diaphragm mechanism
Diaphragm type:Manual
Number of blades:10
Focusing
Coupled to the rangefinder:<No information>
Closest focusing distance:1m
Maximum magnification ratio:<No information>
Focusing method:<No information>
Focusing modes:Manual focus only
Manual focus control:Focusing lever
Physical characteristics
Weight:100g
Maximum diameter x Length:<No information>
Weather sealing:-
Fluorine coating:-
Accessories
Filters:Slip-on 36mm
Lens hood:FLQOO
FOOKH / 12505
FIKUS / 12530
Lens caps:ORIFT / 35182 (front)
OROMT / 35182a (front)
ORVZO / ORVZOCHROM / 14025 / 66842 (front)
FIRHU / 35252 / 66835 (rear)
FIRHY / 35252a (rear)

*) Source of data: Scarce manufacturer's technical data + own research.

**) Some basic information is missing in the specification as it was not provided by the manufacturer.

Manufacturer description

The Leitz-Elmar lens F/3.5, 3.5 cm. focus is intended primarily for architectural photographs. With these it often happens that the practical distance between the camera and the building is not sufficient to show the latter in its entirety upon the negative. Since the 3.5 cm. lens embraces an angle of nearly 65 degrees, and the 5 cm. lens only an angle of 48 degrees, the former has an undoubted advantage over the latter when architectural subjects are to be photographed. The smaller lens is also very useful for interiors. This lens, it should be noted, is mounted in an inextensible tube. We should like to mention that photographs of interiors are possible with long exposures even without a tripod, by holding the camera with its back against a wall. For the 3.5 cm. lens the universal view-finder is used.

This lens may also be used for photographing general subjects, especially when taking photographs of objects at rapidly changing distances. By this means, one can avoid constantly altering the focus, as the great depth of field resulting from the short focus makes it possible to keep a large depth of field in sharp focus at a constant focal adjustment. For instance, at an aperture F/4.5 and the focus set to 21 ft., the field extends from 9 1/2 ft. to infinity.

The Leitz-Elmar lens F/3.5, 3.5 cm. focus also has a working aperture of F/3.5, although a slight vignetting effect due to the large aperture and wide angle is removed only by stopping down to 4.5 or 6.3.

From the editor

The first interchangeable lens for Leica introduced after the standard 50mm. In 1930 produced for the non-standard Leica I (Model C). Standardized version appeared in 1931. Rangefinder coupling cam added since 1932. Coated since 1946. Shortly before the end of production the aperture scale was changed from the European sequence to the international sequence.

Typical application

landscapes, interiors, buildings, cityscapes, travel

Notes and recommendations

  • LEICA lenses HEKTOR 28/6.3, ELMAR 35/3.5, HEKTOR 50/2.5, ELMAR 50/3.5 [I], [II] have the aperture scales engraved on the front of the lens mount. The iris is opened and closed by adjustment of a small finger-piece engraved with an index line. On all other LEICA lenses the diaphragm is controlled by means of a milled ring.
  • All LEICA lenses having a focusing lever are automatically locked at the infinity position. This feature enables the camera to be used for infinity scenes and subjects without danger of the lens becoming accidentally out of focus due to unintentional movement. To release the lever for focusing on nearer planes press the knob at the end of the lever.

Alternatives in the Leica SM system

Sorted by focal length and speed

6.3 Leitz Hektor 28mm F/6.3 [LSM] E34, A36 1935 
5.6 Leitz Wetzlar Summaron 28mm F/5.6 [LSM] A36 1955 
3.5 Leitz Wetzlar Summaron 35mm F/3.5 [LSM] A36 1949 
3.5 Leitz Wetzlar Summaron 35mm F/3.5 [LSM] E39, A42 1956 
2.8 Leitz Wetzlar Summaron 35mm F/2.8 [LSM] E39, A42 1958 
2.0 Leitz Wetzlar / Leitz Canada Summicron 35mm F/2 [LSM] E39, A42 1958 

Lenses with similar focal length

Sorted by manufacturer name

1.5 Canon 35mm F/1.5 [LSM] ⌀48 1958 
1.8 Canon 35mm F/1.8 [LSM] S.VI 1957 
2.0 Canon 35mm F/2 I [LSM] ⌀40 1962 
2.0 Canon 35mm F/2 II [LSM] ⌀40 1963 
2.8 Canon 35mm F/2.8 II [LSM] ⌀40 1957 
2.8 Canon Serenar 35mm F/2.8 I [LSM] S.VIPancake lens 1951 
3.2 Canon Serenar 35mm F/3.2 [LSM] S.VIPancake lens 1951 
3.5 Canon Serenar 35mm F/3.5 [LSM] S.VI 1950 
3.5 Chiyoko Rokkor 35mm F/3.5 [C] [LSM] ⌀34 1956 
2.8 Cosina Voigtlander Heliar 40mm F/2.8 Aspherical [LSM] ⌀34Pancake lens 2022 
1.8 Nikon W-Nikkor[·C] 35mm F/1.8 ⌀43 1956 
2.5 Nikon W-Nikkor[·C] 35mm F/2.5 1952 
3.5 Nikon W-Nikkor[·C] 35mm F/3.5 1948 
2.8 Olympus Zuiko C. 40mm F/2.8 [LSM] 1950 
Small-batch production
2.5 Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm F/2.5 MC [LSM] ⌀39 2000 
2.5 Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm F/2.5 P MC [LSM] ⌀39Pancake lens 2000 
1.7 Cosina Voigtlander Ultron 35mm F/1.7 Aspherical [LSM] ⌀39 1999 
2.0 Konica Hexanon 35mm F/2 [LSM] ⌀46 1996 
2.0 Konica UC-Hexanon 35mm F/2 [LSM] ⌀43Pancake lens 2001 
2.8 Rollei HFT Sonnar 40mm F/2.8 [LSM] ⌀39 2002 

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35mm full frame

43.27 24 36
  • Dimensions: 36 × 24mm
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Diagonal: 43.27mm

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Unique Leica Look

Leica lenses are one-of-a-kind optical masterpieces that are impressive because of their unique Leica Look. This is ensured through exceptional optical design combined with selected materials and the highest quality standards.

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Image stabilizer

A technology used for reducing or even eliminating the effects of camera shake. Gyro sensors inside the lens detect camera shake and pass the data to a microcomputer. Then an image stabilization group of elements controlled by the microcomputer moves inside the lens and compensates camera shake in order to keep the image static on the imaging sensor or film.

The technology allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without image stabilizer you have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.

MF

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FLQOO (1936)

For ELMAR 3.5cm; in 1951 became FOOKH. Black or chrome, also made by Leitz, New York, and engraved as such.

FOOKH / 12505 (1951)

As FLQOO but engraved "Summaron - Elmar 3.5cm".

FIKUS / 12530 (1933-1965)

Extendable hood for lenses of focal length 3.5cm to 13.5cm. Outer black sleeve slid over the nickel or chrome graduated sleeve and was locked in position by a set screw. The black lower collar carried the usual clamping ring and screw. Early ones nickel inner sleeve, later ones chrome. Leitz, New York also made an all chrome version. Many variations in engravings: e.g. four focal lengths 13.5cm, 9cm, 5cm and 3.5cm with "Hektor" to the left and "Elmar" to the right of the scale; three focal lengths only with no 3.5cm and only "Elmar" to the left; 13.5, 9 and 5 with two positions for the 5, the lower one having "Hektor" to the left and "Summar" to the right.

FIRHU / 35252 / 66835

Dust cap, for screwing on base of LEICA lens when not in use.

FIRHY / 35252a

Dust cap, chromium plated, for screwing on base of LEICA lens when not in use.

ORIFT / 35182

Spare lens cap, for ELMAR 35mm f:3.5, ELMAR 50mm f:3.5, HEKTOR 50mm f:2.5, SUMMAR 50mm f:2, ELMAR 90mm f:4, ELMAR 135mm f:4.5, HEKTOR 135mm f:4.5.

OROMT / 35182a

Spare lens cap, same as ORIFT, chromium plated.

ORVZO / ORVZOCHROM / 14025 / 66842

Spare lens cap, chromium plated, for lens diameter 36mm: SUMMARON 28mm f:5.6, HEKTOR 28mm f:6.3, SUMMARON 35mm f:3.5, ELMAR 35mm f:3.5, ELMAR 50mm f:3.5, ELMAR 90mm f:4, HEKTOR 135mm f:4.5.

Original name

Lens name as indicated on the lens barrel (usually on the front ring). With lenses from film era, may vary slightly from batch to batch.

Format

Format refers to the shape and size of film or image sensor.

35mm is the common name of the 36x24mm film format or image sensor format. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. The name originates with the total width of the 135 film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame digital SLR. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called small format to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.

APS-C is an image sensor format approximately equivalent in size to the film negatives of 25.1x16.7mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2.

Medium format is a film format or image sensor format larger than 36x24mm (35mm) but smaller than 4x5in (large format).

Angle of view

Angle of view describes the angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view.

As the focal length changes, the angle of view also changes. The shorter the focal length (eg 18mm), the wider the angle of view. Conversely, the longer the focal length (eg 55mm), the smaller the angle of view.

A camera's angle of view depends not only on the lens, but also on the sensor. Imaging sensors are sometimes smaller than 35mm film frame, and this causes the lens to have a narrower angle of view than with 35mm film, by a certain factor for each sensor (called the crop factor).

This website does not use the angles of view provided by lens manufacturers, but calculates them automatically by the following formula: 114.6 * arctan (21.622 / CF * FL),

where:

CF – crop-factor of a sensor,
FL – focal length of a lens.

Mount

A lens mount is an interface — mechanical and often also electrical — between a camera body and a lens.

A lens mount may be a screw-threaded type, a bayonet-type, or a breech-lock type. Modern camera lens mounts are of the bayonet type, because the bayonet mechanism precisely aligns mechanical and electrical features between lens and body, unlike screw-threaded mounts.

Lens mounts of competing manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.) are always incompatible. In addition to the mechanical and electrical interface variations, the flange focal distance can also be different.

The flange focal distance (FFD) is the distance from the mechanical rear end surface of the lens mount to the focal plane.

Lens construction

Lens construction – a specific arrangement of elements and groups that make up the optical design, including type and size of elements, type of used materials etc.

Element - an individual piece of glass which makes up one component of a photographic lens. Photographic lenses are nearly always built up of multiple such elements.

Group – a cemented together pieces of glass which form a single unit or an individual piece of glass. The advantage is that there is no glass-air surfaces between cemented together pieces of glass, which reduces reflections.

Focal length

The focal length is the factor that determines the size of the image reproduced on the focal plane, picture angle which covers the area of the subject to be photographed, depth of field, etc.

Speed

The largest opening or stop at which a lens can be used is referred to as the speed of the lens. The larger the maximum aperture is, the faster the lens is considered to be. Lenses that offer a large maximum aperture are commonly referred to as fast lenses, and lenses with smaller maximum aperture are regarded as slow.

In low-light situations, having a wider maximum aperture means that you can shoot at a faster shutter speed or work at a lower ISO, or both.

Closest focusing distance

The minimum distance from the focal plane (film or sensor) to the subject where the lens is still able to focus.

Closest working distance

The distance from the front edge of the lens to the subject at the maximum magnification.

Magnification ratio

Determines how large the subject will appear in the final image. For example, a magnification ratio of 1:1 means that the image of the subject formed on the film or sensor will be the same size as the subject in real life. For this reason, a 1:1 ratio is often called "life-size".

Electromagnetic diaphragm control system

Provides highly accurate diaphragm control and stable auto exposure performance during continuous shooting.

Manual diaphragm

The diaphragm must be stopped down manually by rotating the detent aperture ring.

Preset diaphragm

The lens has two rings, one is for pre-setting, while the other is for normal diaphragm adjustment. The first ring must be set at the desired aperture, the second ring then should be fully opened for focusing, and turned back for stop down to the pre-set value.

Semi-automatic diaphragm

The lens features spring mechanism in the diaphragm, triggered by the shutter release, which stops down the diaphragm to the pre-set value. The spring needs to be reset manually after each exposure to re-open diaphragm to its maximum value.

Automatic diaphragm

The camera automatically closes the diaphragm down during the shutter operation. On completion of the exposure, the diaphragm re-opens to its maximum value.

Number of blades

As a general rule, the more blades that are used to create the aperture opening in the lens, the rounder the out-of-focus highlights will be.

Some lenses are designed with curved diaphragm blades, so the roundness of the aperture comes not from the number of blades, but from their shape. However, the fewer blades the diaphragm has, the more difficult it is to form a circle, regardless of rounded edges.

At maximum aperture, the opening will be circular regardless of the number of blades.

Weight

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

Maximum diameter x Length

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

For lenses with collapsible design, the length is indicated for the working (retracted) state.

Weather sealing

A rubber material which is inserted in between each externally exposed part (manual focus and zoom rings, buttons, switch panels etc.) to ensure it is properly sealed against dust and moisture.

Lenses that accept front mounted filters typically do not have gaskets behind the filter mount. It is recommended to use a filter for complete weather resistance when desired.

Fluorine coating

Helps keep lenses clean by reducing the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens and by facilitating cleaning should the need arise. Applied to the outer surface of the front and/or rear lens elements over multi-coatings.

Filters

Lens filters are accessories that can protect lenses from dirt and damage, enhance colors, minimize glare and reflections, and add creative effects to images.

Lens hood

A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare. Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.

The geometry of the lens hood can vary from a plain cylindrical or conical section to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, tulip, or flower hood. This allows the lens hood to block stray light with the higher portions of the lens hood, while allowing more light into the corners of the image through the lowered portions of the hood.

Lens hoods are more prominent in long focus lenses because they have a smaller viewing angle than that of wide-angle lenses. For wide angle lenses, the length of the hood cannot be as long as those for telephoto lenses, as a longer hood would enter the wider field of view of the lens.

Lens hoods are often designed to fit onto the matching lens facing either forward, for normal use, or backwards, so that the hood may be stored with the lens without occupying much additional space. In addition, lens hoods can offer some degree of physical protection for the lens due to the hood extending farther than the lens itself.

Teleconverters

Teleconverters increase the effective focal length of lenses. They also usually maintain the closest focusing distance of lenses, thus increasing the magnification significantly. A lens combined with a teleconverter is normally smaller, lighter and cheaper than a "direct" telephoto lens of the same focal length and speed.

Teleconverters are a convenient way of enhancing telephoto capability, but it comes at a cost − reduced maximum aperture. Also, since teleconverters magnify every detail in the image, they logically also magnify residual aberrations of the lens.

Lens caps

Scratched lens surfaces can spoil the definition and contrast of even the finest lenses. Lens covers are the best and most inexpensive protection available against dust, moisture and abrasion. Safeguard lens elements - both front and rear - whenever the lens is not in use.