Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/01/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 180 2.8 R-lens - any experiences?
From: Five Senses Productions <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 1998 09:41:42 -0800

Thanks....I think I agree that the 2.8 is a better all-around lens for the
180 length.  Now I need to decide whether I need 180, or want 300!

At 08:59 PM 1/21/98 -0500, you wrote:
><<<I saw a used MINT 180/2.8 R lens at my local Leica dealer....I meant
>MINT.....the guy never used this lens.....they want $1300.  Is this a good
>used price for this lens?  How is the performance of this lens compared to
>the 3.4? I know the 2.0 is the best 180, but which of the remaining 180s
>takes second place?  Does anyone have this lens, and can anyone offer
>I've used both the 3.4 and the 2.8. Both very fine glass the, the 3.4 does
>it's thing in relation to being developed for "spy satellites" or something
>like that. So the glass is immpecable. 
>The 2.8 is the better of the two in relation to focusing closer and you can
>use a 1.4 and 2X extender on it.  The 3.4 you can only use with the 2X,
>which I found to be a problem, as well as not being able to focus as close
>as the 2.8.
>The price I don't have any idea. 
>But I guess if you have the dollars to buy and the price is right, I'd
>recommend you go for it! You can't go wrong, because if you don't like it,
>you can always sell it! :)

Francesco Sanfilippo,
Five Senses Productions