Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/11/03

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Subject: Re: [Leica] ebay prose style
From: Walter S Delesandri <>
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000 10:38:14 -0600 (Central Standard Time)

On Fri, 3 Nov 2000 07:15:15 -0800 Guy Bennett <> wrote:
> my apologies in advance for quoting the following bit of apocrypha in toto.
> i must say i found this ebay assessment of the summar so fresh and original
> that that i wanted to share it with the lug, and especially recommend it to
> those who feel the summar is short on sharpness and contrast (which is to
> say, just about everyone).
> Leica SM 5cm/2 SUMMAR Chrome Standard Vintage. Fits all Leica screwmount
> cameras. This is a very interesting lens within the Leica optical line up.
> Many regard this lens, optically, as one of the best from Leica. I am not
> sure how others feel, but for me, lenses of the 35, 50, 90mm focal lengths
> are the 3 most practical focal lengths and optically, a strong reason of
> why a Leica system is chosen to invest into. Various Leica owners have
> their own specific reasons for buying a Leica, some going for its heritage,
> reliability, some are for collection/investment purposes BUT nobody will
> doubt one's intention of owning a Leica when it comes to its lenses Early
> German lenses generally have higher contrast and thus one of the reasons
> why Japanese lenses, (Nikkor in particular, capitalising from it, with
> other reasons to make such an easy entry into the quality 35mm market
> during the '50s). Especially its performance at wider apertures. The
> contrast range remains high throughout and resolve extremely fine details
> with distinct clarity and micro contrast; A first rated lens, optically and
> mechanically. The condition of this lens is very good, it performes very
> well, optically, this lens is capable of taking beautiful, SHARP,
> high-resolution, contrast pictures, it is used, and some cosmetic wear is
> apparent, the lens has been handled with care, yet performed for an array
> of pictures, the barrel shows some wear, espcially on screwmount area,
> check pictures, the aperture blades are fully functioning on every f-stop,
> the glass is clean and clear, the performance of this lens is by no means,
> affected, and taken pictures will come out more than satisfactory; check
> pictures, below; moderate reserve! have fun !
> would you buy a leica (or anything else that costs hundreds/thousands of
> dollars) from this man?
> guy

Did he say something you don't agree with?
:) :) :)