#72. 90 is NOT for reach

By pascaljappy | News

Dec 02

UPDATE : A summary of all this website’s reviews of the Sony NEX-5n and NEX-7 is now available.

For my review of the NEX-5N camera with Leica & Zeiss lenses, I was loaned a Leica Summarit-M 75/2.5 by co-author Caroline and really like it a lot. It made me long for a longer ๐Ÿ˜‰ lens, my current gear maxing out at 50mm, save for a unwieldy but superb Zeiss Contax Sonnar 135/2.8.

sunlit clouds at sunset over dark hills,  Sony NEX-5N & Leica Elmarit-M 90

Smoky Clouds, Black Hills. Sony NEX-5N & Leica Elmarit-M 90

Having read great things about the Elmarit-M 90/2.8, I headed strait to Marco Schouten’s Leicaphile Ali-Baba cave, and Mr Schouten found me found an A/B condition at a good price. The lens has been with me for 30 minutes now and it’s love at first sight.

If you’re old enough to be a Friends fan, you’ll know what I mean: “Oh .. My .. God!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ll keep this one short. So you will do the review on this one ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sharp? You tell me!

A cat show its teet,  Sony NEX-5N & Leica Elmarit-M 90

Roar, Sony NEX-5N & Leica Elmarit-M 90

A lill closer to judge better

Roar closeup, Sony NEX-5N & Leica Elmarit-m 90

Good for portraits? What do you think?

A young woman portrait in very warm light

Smile for dad, Sony NEX-5N & Leica Elmarit-M 90

Bokeh? You be the judge!

Hyancinth flowers in stormy light

Pink flowers, Blue light. Sony NEX-5N & Leica Elmarit-M 90

Contrast? What’s your opinion?

Tall grasses in very stormy light

Grasses in the storm. Sony NEX-5N & Leica Elmarit-M 90

Highlight preservation? How would you put it?

wet trees reflect sunlight after a storm

Wet trees after the storm. Sony NEX-5N & Leica Elmarit-M 90

So, what’s your opinion on this lens?

I like it a lot and agree with all the reviewers have written about it, except for one point. 90 is not for reach. You don’t buy this lens to get closer to things. You buy it for its perspective, for the way it renders and the look it gives to your scene. TO me, it’s just lovely.

A last leaf on a tree in autumn

The Final Leaf. Sony NEX-5N & Leica Elmarit-M 90

  • Frank Johnston says:

    Impressive. You might compare with the Tele-Elmarit 90 for ergonomics.

    Frank Johnston

    • pascaljappy says:

      Thank you Franck. I will as soon as I lay my hands on the Tele-Elmarit. Another I’d *really* love to try is the Macro-Elmar 90. If anyone wants to send me one, I’d be happy to test it, hint hint ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • pascaljappy says:

      Thanks Frank. Would love to, if I could get my hands on a Tele-Elmarit ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • float_world says:

    ‘Grasses in the storm’ is my favourite from this set. Well done!

  • Fotoingo says:

    Hey !
    I cant send you my Macro Elmar 90mm f4 but I can assure you that is is absolutly great and very tiny + lightweight ๐Ÿ˜‰ I came here from the sonyalpharumors site after reading the articlel about manuell lenses on the Nexes and your comment. Nice Blog.
    I send my own experiences about Contax Gs and Leica Ms to the sonyalpharumors blog, so maybe we will read there again ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Have a nice weekend !

    • pascaljappy says:

      Hi Ingo ! I’m very jealous of your Macro-Elmar 90mm/4, that’s for sure ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you want we can exchange lenses for a few weeks.

      I look forward to reading your updates on SAR.

      Have a great week-end,

      • Fotoingo says:

        If you come to Germany in the future just drop me a line.
        Maybe we can meet up and have some fun with “lens-p**n”, haha.
        . Iยดm living in the “Ruhrgebiet” area.
        (Do you see my e-mail adress from the comment?
        I dont want to write it here.)
        Greets, Ingo

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