Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/04

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Dr. Strangelens, or....
From: "Barker, J. Madison" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2000 11:17:41 -0500

Mark Rabiner wrote:

"Just some innocent fun from a guy who goes out an gets a whole set of cheap
Voighlander glass  claiming love for old Leica glass. And then shows off the
Leica glass in a bad light in comparison to this new cheap Japanese stuff. 

With all that cash you blew on these Notons or Heliors how much cool old
glass could you have gotten? Since contrast is not the issue?"



Claiming love for old Leica glass?  I don't remember that part.  I bought a
Leica because it's a great _machine_, not because I can mount any particular
sort of lens on the front of it.  And I bought an old Leica lens because it
was what I could afford at the time and I'd been told it was a pretty good

Showing off the Leica glass in a bad light?  My pictures show _all_ lenses
in a bad light (maybe is still available :-)).  But the shots
posted are just as they came out of the lab*, good or bad.  I've never once
said or written that one lens is better or worse than the other; I just
posted the pictures.  If you and Leica want to sue me for libel, bring it

Cheap Japanese stuff/all that cash?  Well, make up your mind.  As I said
before, I got the Cosinas dirt cheap; less for the whole batch than for the
_single cheapest_ new Leica lens, after the Leica rebate, no less.  So I'm a
Philistine; what do you care?

How much cool old Leica glass?  I don't want any more old lenses.  Are we
back to that "claiming love" crap again?

Matt Barker

*Full disclosure note:  I compressed all the pictures, Summicron and Nokton
alike, in exactly the same manner for each picture, before posting, to
decrease download time.

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