Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/11/04

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Subject: Re: Viso?/answer/ Thomas
From: Thomas Kachadurian <>
Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 11:32:59 -0500


I'm not a die hard. Quite frankly, I don't want to tip my toe in the R pool
for fear that soon I'll be out of control. I need one long lens (now an EOS
300) and something for rare macro images, which pretty muc is the limit on
Viso lenses. If I had an R body . . . 


 At 10:12 PM 11/4/97 -0500, you wrote:
>In a message dated 97-11-04 16:02:24 EST, Thomas wrote:
>  What can you do with a Visoflex? Is it a macro only device, or are there
> long lenses that can be used with it. Finally, what's the difference
> between a Viso I, II, and III?
>  >>===========================================<<
>  Thomas - that is a question that would take many pages to answer,
> but simply put;  The Viso III was the last & best version, but only fits
> the "M"s, while both "M" & LTMs are made for the VISO II but don't
> have an instant return mirror like the VISO III has.
>   Rangefinder Leicas are coupled for lens up to 135mm, so anything 
> longer will need the VISO or be set by footage scale.  For macro work 
> with the "M"s there are literally dozens of combinations of bellows &
> tubes available as well as special macro lenses in addition regular ones.
> Shortest focal length that can be used & still obtain infinity is the
>  If you can afford it and really need those features, I would suggest any
> of the "R" Leicas to complement the RF unless you are a dye-hard like
> Marc Small and myself & want to try play-with the many lesser expensive
> non Leica lenses, with adapters for the VISO.
> Marvin Moss