Stalking Mandler . . .

Previous experience with a 21mm f/3.4 Super-Elmar-M, in which the front part of the barrel came loose, made me reluctant to search for one this time around, even though the optics of the lens are utterly fantastic. With a sort of yen to choose Mandler glass wherever possible, the 21mm Elmarit-M (pre-ASPH), the first 21 actually designed by Dr. Mandler and produced by Leitz, appeared to be the only option.

A Mandler-era rebadged Schneider-Kreuznach 21 might have been an acceptable option but for two things: they cause peripheral color shift on digital, and the M10 has no profile for the lens. So when a couple of copies of the Mandler 21mm turned up in a search today, I was quick to seize one.

Lack of accessible subject matter and opportunity left me pointing it here and there on the way home just to see of there might be anything obvious about it. Tomorrow will hopefully give me at least a chance to try it on some colors. But for now, at the focal lengths at which I want Mandler glass, two down and two to go!

M10/21mm Elmarit-M