This LEICA ELMARIT 90mm f/2.8 was Leica's most popular long lens of the 1960s.
It works flawlessly on every LEICA M, from 1954's LEICA M3 to today's LEICA M7, LEICA MP and LEICA M9.
Its performance is excellent for any sort of photography. One thing to be cautions of while shooting with it, is that this ELMARIT is very prone to flare reflected from its long, empty internal barrel, so be careful.
This 90mm f/2.8 ELMARIT was praised by Leica at its introduction as being one stop faster with only 1 ounce more weight than the existing LEICA ELMAR 90mm f/4.
It came in silver chrome in the 1960s as shown, and later in black in the 1970s.
This ELMARIT was sold alongside the 90mm f/4 ELMAR as well as the much less popular LEICA 90mm f/2 summicron. Today in 2010, even though Leica sold ten times as many of these f/2.8 ELMARIT as they did f/2 SUMMICRON, you'll see tens times as many SUMMICRON for sale, for less money than these f/2.8 ELMARIT.