Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/04/08

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Apo and asph: pros and cons
From: Five Senses Productions <>
Date: Wed, 08 Apr 1998 16:50:12 -0700

I LOVE MY 100 APO R lens!  Extreme is not a strong enough descriptive
for its sharpness and microcontrast.  I do plenty of people shooting (erotic,
glamour, fashion, portraits) and the 100 APO is definitely not my MAIN lens
for this work, but it does not stay on the shelf, and does its share of work.
I do not find the extreme sharpness to be a detriment in portraiture at
all.  I
prefer "reality portraits" to the overused "soft focus" look.

At 06:32 AM 4/8/98 -0500, A S Jordan wrote:
>We have been excited for many months about the aspheric series of lenses for
>the Leica M and the apochromatic lenses for the Leica R.
>On the one hand, many improvements have been noted compared to the older
>designs. On the other hand, some users have commented on the extreme
>sharpness of the 100mm f2.8 Elmarit R that is a drawback in portraiture and
>the lack of "bokeh"  with the 35mm f1.4 Summilux M. Since most of us are
>interested in upgrading our photographic tools it would be interesting to
>hear from users as well as optics experts about the pros and cons of these
>new designs. I hope this will stimulate some timely discussion.
>regards, Andrew Jordan

Francesco Sanfilippo,
Five Senses Productions