Originally Posted by gabrielma
I think the first 90mm Elmars' resolution isn't that spectacular (consider the emulsions of the time), but it is still a pretty nice and underrated lens. I am still kicking myself for having let go of mine. When I went to buy it back, it had been sold; it's hard to find one in pristine condition without paying a premium. I've got one in my gallery shot with this lens. Wonderful for portraits.
That was exactly my thoughts; the uncoated Elmar would be perfect for portraits. It belonged to my father for many years and he used it on his IIIa often. When I inherited it, the elements had slight haze internally. I cleaned them and the glass is now as good as new.... no scratches on the surfaces whatsoever.
One reason I'm doing these tests is to determine which lens is best suited for which body. Up to 90mm there's not much to worry about but, as my 135mm tests indicate, the longer lenses may not be as accurate when focusing up close as we'd like. I plan to repeat the tests, possibly this weekend, with my IIIf body.