Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/11/07

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Subject: Re: 180/2.8 R lens questions
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 1997 20:47:40 -0800

At 04:07 AM 11/8/97 GMT, you wrote:
>Can anyone comment on the differences between the old and current versions
>of the 180/2.8? I know the older one is quite a bit heavier, and I know the
>current one has a different computation, but is the current one also
>noticeably better optically, or did they just make it the same but smaller
>and lighter? 
>Joe Berenbaum

Yes, the current 180/2.8 is much better optically. For me, it outperforms
the 180/3.4 APO. The old 180/2.8 was a good lens but not spectacular, as is
the new 180. The old 180 actually has a bad reputation, as does the old 250.