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Artifact no.
Leitz Canada
Manufacturer Location
Midland, Ontario, Canada
Manufactured Date
Context Function
To focus image on film plane.
Context Technical
The Tele-Elmarit lens is a 90 mm f/2.8 lens featuring four lens elements. Introduced in 1973, it is the second version of this model. The first, which incorporated five elements, had been in production since 1964. Already a relatively compact lens for this focal length, the second version was lighter than the first. It is a moderately long focus lens well suited to photo-reportage, portraiture and other forms of photography where a large image, moderate depth of field and narrow angle of view are desirable. [Ref. 1]
Context Canada
The camera and all accessories [except 2009.0357.2 lens hood for 35 mm lens] were manufactured in Midland, Ontario by Ernst Leitz Canada, subsidiary of the German optical maker Ernst Leitz. All items were owned and used by Fred Phipps, a professional photographer based in Toronto and employed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Mr. Phipps studied photography at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. Running short of funds, he left the program before graduation in January 1957 to take a job with the CBC photography department. He remained with the CBC for almost 35 years, during which he worked as a staff photographer and as National Photo Editor. After retirement in 1992 he continued to produce photos for the CBC as a freelancer. Over his long career, Mr. Phipps completed thousands of portraits and candid photos of CBC personalities and productions (e.g. David Suzuki, Foster Hewitt, Joe Schlesinger, Front Page Challenge, The Beachcombers, Friendly Giant, Mr. Dressup, Seeing Things). These were circulated to print media for publicity purposes or were used internally as “ID slides” for on-air program promotion. Attracted by the Leica’s reputation for craftsmanship and excellent optics, Mr. Phipps purchased his M4-P around 1982 from Toronto Camera Exchange (Rutherford Photographic). Although Mr. Phipps was also using Nikon and Hasselblad SLRs at the time, he liked his MP-4 for use in the television studio because its quiet operation (without winder) was less likely to be picked up by microphones. This was a feature that Leica promoted in its marketing of the M4-P. With its bright, high contrast viewfinder and fitted with the Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 lens, the camera was also excellent for shooting in available studio light where a flash would again have been disruptive. Offering a wide angle of view and good depth of field, the Summilux was his preferred lens for candid studio shots where he wished to show the performers in context. Its optics were so good that a 35 mm negative could be enlarged to 16x20 inches with minimal grain. The 90 mm Tele-Elmarit was generally used for portraiture. [Ref. 1]
All metal body is predominantly black: most surfaces have mat finish; camera attachment point is bright silver metal; glass optics; some minor trim is synthetic.
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Serial Number
Artifact Finish
All metal body is predominantly black: most surfaces have mat finish; camera attachment point is bright silver metal; glass optics; some minor trim is synthetic.
Artifact Markings
All settings labelled. "TELE-ELMARIT/ 1: 2.8 / 90/ LEITZ CANADA/ 2832128" printed in white on face of lens housing. "LENS MADE IN CANADA" printed in white on lens body.
Artifact Missing
Appears complete: said to be operational.
Group 1
Category 1
Still camera parts
Subcategory 1