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Thanks to Justin Scott, Melbourne, Australia for the foundation of this compendium. Add to Flipboard Magazine. Leica M8, Leica M8. This made it posible for the software to correct the image, and for the lens type to be read from the EXIF file.

Alternatively one can buy a lens coder kit from a third part and ink code the lens the Leica Camera AG coding is engraved. Since the introduction of the Leica M9 digital rangefinder another possibility also exist in that one can manually select which lens is on the camra and so get the adjustment and info the 6-BIT code else would give the camera. Can also be used for R3, R4, R6, R6. Some of these lenses are repeated in the R-lens section below for clarifying purposes.

R-lenses for R3, R4, R6, R6. Extender-R X2 exist as 1-cam or, 3-cam for use with Leica R lenses of 50mm focal length and longer and for lens speeds from f2. Vignetting is to be expected with m and longer lenses. Thus says the manual; however, in practical use this older 2X extender reduces quality of the picture, mainly light surfaces will ‘glow’ or simply: This 2X extender will blur your shots to some degree.

The newer APO-extenders below here does not. Apo-Extender-R X2 for use with 50mm f1. Leica C lenses for cine cameras. If you are looking for the Leica Lens Compendium or the Leica Compendium print edition and digital edition by Erwin Putsplease wisit his website for more info, or try search eBay for his books usually sold out from the publisher rather fast, so they become collectors items.

Available from eBay or Amazon. Available from Erwin Puts website as download. Leica Lens Compendium The Lenses – This is the list of Leitz and Leica lens serial numbers and which year that lens was approximately produced. You may also look up a specific lens serial number at the French Summilux. See my more complete list of definitions at my article Leica Definitions.

Produced again as a retro camera in APO stands for “apochromatically corrected” lenses. In most lenses, optical design concentrates the focus of blue light and green light into a single plane, but red light falls slightly into another plane of focus.

Red subjects, therefore, would be ever so slightly out of focus compared to blue and green subjects in the same frame. In APO lenses, the design and expense has been put in to making red light focus on the same plane as blue and green.

Under a microscope you would see that all light subject is now in focus, creating a sharper image overall. Leica prides itself on making most of the frame APO corrected. ASPH … stands for ” aspheric design “.


Most lenses have a spherical design – that is, the radius of curvature is constant. These are easy to manufacture by grinding while “spinning” the glass. This design however restricts the number of optical corrections that can be compfndium to the design to render the most realistic image possible. These elements can be made by 1 expensive manual grinding, 2 molded plastic, 3 Leica’s patented “press” process, where the element is pressed into an aspherical “non-spherical” shape.

This design allows the manufacturer to introduce corrections into compact lens designs that weren’t possible before. Practically, the lens performs “better” up to interpretation due to increased correction of the image, in a package not significantly bigger than the spherical version.

There is another Aspherical lens leicq technique: The coating is thicker on the edges or on the center, depending. Canon “Lens Work II” calls these “simulated” aspherical lenses. The light beam is split into two – one part goes through the semi-silvered mirror to the light meter at the base of the mirror box, the rest is reflected upwards through cimpendium pentaprism to the put.

It is because of this “beam splitting” that you have to use Circular Polarizing filters on R cameras in order to obtain correct light meter readings.

With regular linear pol. Bokeh the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens: It’s a matter of taste and erwij photographers discuss a ‘nice’ or ‘pleasant’ bokeh the out-of-focus area is always unsharp why the quality discussed is if one likes the way it renders or not by a particular lens. Compur Curently no origin known.

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Here is an example of narrow DOF where compfndium a few milliemeters are sharp:. Elcan-R is compebdium the name of s series of lenses made in the ies and early ies, as the U. Elmar Refers to the maximum lens aperture – here f3. Historically derived from the original 50mm f3.

Later that year the 50mm f3. Elmarit Refers to the maximum lens aperture – here f2. The name is obviously derived from the earlier and slower “Elmar” designation. Max Berak was employed at Leica in and was the architect of the first Leica lens which Ernst Leitz asked him to design for the “Barnack’s camera” the prototype named after Oscar Barnack who invented it. Adjusting the f-setting from f 1.

Most Leica lenses has half f-stops to enable the photographer to adjust the light more precisely. Focal length The distance between the nodal point of a lens and the focal plane the film or sensor in the camera. That is the construction definition based on simple lens systems where a mm lens would be mm long and a 50mm lens would be 50mm long.

Today one call it effective focal length EFL as efwin mm lens is not nessesarily mm long due to optical constructions that can make it shorter. The mm zoom on the Leica V-Lux 1 is for example only ca. For photographers it’s more interesting that focal length indicates if it is a wideangle lens ex. A 35mm lens is a ca. Clmpendium is lejca practical, usable information about focal lengths a photographer can use. The system provides a standard which, with digital cameras and lenses available from multiple manufacturers, allows for the interchange of lenses and bodies from different leicx.


FF Full Frame In sensors full frame usually refers to sensors the size of a full 24x36mm frame where one capture the same frame size as with 35mm film. Hektor Refers to the maximum lens aperture – copendium f2. The name was apparently taken from the name of lens designer Professor Max Berek’s dog.

See Leica History article. Kyocera Sub-manufacturer of lenses. Has made certain lenses for Leitz, Carl Zeiss, etc. Lens hood a tube or ring attached to the front of a camera lens to prevent unwanted light from reaching the film. M as in “M3”, “M6”, “M7” etc. The “3” in M3 was chosen because of the three bright line finders for the 50, 90 and mm lenses. Later the numbers of the M cameras were more or less chosen to follow each other.

M-body evolution in chronological order: Walter – Legendary Leica lens designer. Read leixa in Conpendium History. Number, on this site Leica catalog numbers or order numbers. Some the numbers changed depending on the number of cams in the lens: Noctilux Refers to the maximum lens aperture – here f1. The Leica Noctilux 50mm f1. Shoulder Stock A Leitz mechanism attached to the tele- lens and held against one’s shoulder when photographing, so as to stabilize the tele lens when using handheld without a tripod or monopod.

The shoulder stock is attached to the lens same way as a tripod or monopod. SLR abbreviation for Single-Lens Reflex; the lens that forms the image on the film also provides the image in the viewfinder via a mirror. Summar – or a story of name development The lens 50mm f2. It started out as Summar f2. However, Leitz in Wetzlar made the Mikro-Summar 42mm f4,5 around for their Leitz microscopes Compendlum was orignally a microscope producer, see history site.

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Leitz also made a Mikro-Summar 35mm F: Leitz Wetzlar Mikro-Summar 42mm f4. Summarit Refers to the maximum lens aperture – here f1.

Summicron Refers to the maximum lens aperture – here f2. There are many guesses how this name came about, a popular one being that the “summi” came from ” summit ” summit means the highest point of a hill or mountain; the highest attainable level of achievement while the “cron” came from “chroma” ie.

The name Summi cron was used because the lens used Crown glass for the first time, which Leitz bought from Chance Brothers in England. The Summi cron is a development from the original Summar the 50mm f2. Summilux Refers to the maximum lens aperture – here f1.

Telyt Lens nomenclature – short-hand for ” telephoto ” tele – is a combining form, meaning to or at a distance and used in names of instruments for operating over long distances: Televit lesn device from Leitz that was made from ,ensin both R and Visoflex. It was originally designed for use with the mm f5.

Beginning in with serial the Televit could also be used with the mm f4.