Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/11/08

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Subject: Re: "Old" 180mm Lens
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 1997 09:51:07 -0800

At 08:20 AM 11/8/97 -0700, you wrote:
>You wrote:
>"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.
>What evidence do you have to make such statements. I have the old 180mm lens
>and use it often as a spotting scope in conjunction with a Leica ocular. I
>am glad that this lens has a bad reputation. It is heavy, but relatively
>inexpensive and can be mounted on a tripod. IMHO, the photos are spectacular.

I had an old 180 and an old 250. I had the opportunity to buy new versions
at a VERY good price. A store was going out of business. I had both old and
new for a while. I also had a 180/3.4 . The new 180/2.8, FOR ME, gives me
sharper, more contrast, cleaner colors, etc, than the old 180, OR THE
180/3.4 . The new 250 was also better than the old 250. I sold both 250's
and the 180/3.4 and bought a 350. Which I love and would NEVER sell. Very
very fine lens.