Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/01/23

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Subject: [Leica] Introduction, and question
From: "John Brubaker" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 15:09:04 -0500

Hi - I'm a new list subscriber, and a new Leica owner, having just aquired
an M3 and 50mm lens.  I owned an M4 years ago and was stupid to have ever
gotten rid of it.  I also own Contax equipment ( both SLR, and "G" system ),
and I often use Minox and Rollei 35's, and Minox subminiatures.  Here's the
question - my M3 has a 50mm Summicron (# 1926859) in a rigid chrome mount.
It has both feet and meters on the distance scale, and appears to be about
the same age as the camera body.  Is there a difference, optically between
this lens and other 50mm Summicrons?  Is there one 50mm Leica lens that
surpasses all the others in lens tests?  Are the Canadian assembled lenses
inferior to the German ones?  Please pardon me for asking what has probably
already been covered here many times before.  Thanks --- John.

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        John Brubaker