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Elcan stands for Ernst Leitz Canada. The company, a subsidiary of Leitz, was founded in Midland (Ontario) to serve the North American market and began their own lens development under the renowned German expert Dr. Walter Mandler. It made special military lenses with the ELCAN name, see Leica M lenses and Leicaflex lenses. The company also manufactured the M4-2. It developed the first lens with two aspherical elements, the Noctilux 1:1.2/50mm, and the world's fastest tele lens Elcan 1:1.0/90mm. Today Elcan belongs to the Raytheon group but still makes some of the best Leica M-mount lenses like the Noctilux 1:1.0/50 mm.



  • Telyt 1:4.8/280 mm
  • Summicron 1:2.0/90 mm
  • Summicron 1:2.0/35 mm
  • Elcan 1:2.0/50 mm (military budget Summicron 1:2.0/50 mm)
  • Summilux 1:1.4/35 mm
  • Telyt 1:4.8/280 mm
  • Elmarit 1:2.8/28 mm for Leica M
  • Noctilux 1:1.0/50 mm
  • Apo-Telyt-R 1:3.4/180 mm
  • Noctilux 1:1.2/50mm
  • Telyt 1:4.0/200 mm
  • Hektor 1:2.5/125 mm
  • Elcan 1:1.0/90 mm
  • Elcan 1:4.0/21 mm
  • Elcan 1:2.8/16 mm.