11 March 2003,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 23,500
GBP 20,000 - GBP 25,000
Elcan f/1 90mm. no. 164-0010
M-fit, with front cap and three focusing rings marked FOCUSED AT 20M, FOCUSED AT 50M and FOCUSED AT 100M
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Condition: 2(ii)Cosmetic: Good condition, minimal marks to camera body. Lenses: Clean and clear, minor handling marks.
Correspondence with Jim Lager states that the Elcan 90mm. f/1 lens was made for the United States navy for an ASW (anti-submarine warfare) campaign against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Lager suggests that Leitz Canada would have made 10 to 20 examples. Two examples are shown in his book.
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Lager (1994), Leica. An Illustrated History. Vol II-Lenses, p. 231, 232.
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