Every Inch a King: About the 2″ Elcan

Jul 14, 2021  By Richard Rejino

By Marc Hoch

I started collecting Leica many years ago, the abbreviation “KE-7 A” had a magical effect on me. This had mostly to do with Jim Lager. Because in his great book on the history of the Leica, the KE-7A was one of the few cameras that were shown in color. Everything about this black M4 seemed to be desirable to me: the engravings, the word “Midland” and of course this Elcan 50mm f2 in particular. With this rare lens, I believed at the time, you had to become a better photographer – every picture magical, unique, breathtaking. And if you owned the KE-7A, you would finally be happy as a collector (this is an illusion that unfortunately I still have today).

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Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.

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