Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/01/28

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica-Users List Digest V2 #125
From: Five Senses Productions <>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 1998 17:00:32 -0800


Which R lenses would you say are the BEST and the WORST?


At 11:04 AM 1/28/98 -0500, you wrote:
>>>>Please, one more time, why is the Leica R superior to other SLR
>cameras?   Dale<<<
> Dale,
> They're not. It's the lenses that are superior. If you can't see the
>difference, or don't care, then there is little reason for using Rs
instead of
>one of the oftentimes cheaper, more capable, and more ergonomic Japanese AF
> If, however, you're addicted to the very finest lenses, then the Leica R
>is, overall, the world's best--yes, folks, even better than the M line <g>.
>Other lens lines have specific designs that approach (or in rare cases
>Leica's equivalent offerings (the Olympus Zuiko 50mm f/2 Macro, for instance,
>is a better lens than the Leica 50mm Summicron-M IMHO), and the Leica R line
>does have its relative weak points, but, for the most part, the best R lenses
>are the _ne plus ultra_ of what is available to consumers in the 35mm format.
> --Mike
>P.S. To Jim Brick: I agree with you about filters, with the caveat that it
>really makes a difference with the best lenses and presumes that the
>photographer cares about--and knows enough to recognize--optimum optical
>quality. With some lenses a filter will add unacceptable flare or
>or cause contrast reduction, and in some other cases its effect may not be
>noticeable. But as many LUGgers have no doubt discovered, the better the
>the more likely it will be that you won't want a filter on it. To quote
>Kornelius Fleischer of Carl Zeiss, "No filter ever _improved_ the technical
>performance of any lens."

Francesco Sanfilippo,
Five Senses Productions