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Dear Mr Love Well, I did get a tad snippy in my response last evening (maybe I shouldn't do E-Mail late at night!) but the long and the short is that it becomes a bit tiresome to hear old tales beaten about which beggar the imagination -- and anyone who worked for Leitz would, I suspect, know that the 1.4/35 Summilux was, in large part, computer-designed. I find your three-out-of-three results most interesting -- what is the s/n on these lenses? were they shot with hoods on and, if so, which ones? What film was used? and so forth -- something is most screwy here. I don't doubt the reality of your experience, but I find the results quite baffling. I own a mid-production 1.4/35 and find it superb -- no flare whatsoever, even when I was shooting snow fields at high noon into the sun on slide film. I always use the 12504 hood and a Leitz Serie VII UVa filter. Yes, at 1.4 it IS a bit softer than any of the several 35mm Summicrons I've owned were at f/2.0 -- but the additional stop is one I'll cheerfully pay for in slightly reduced edge sharpness. My signature block is Scots Gaelic, 'never did a man die without someone being grateful'. Marc firstname.lastname@example.org FAX: +540/343-7315 Cha robh bas fir gun ghras fir!