Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/04/25

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 21mm lens
From: Thomas Kachadurian <>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 20:20:37 -0400


I'm sure you've heard this by now, but that lens need to go back to Leica.
You experience doesn't match the reports of any others, many of them quite
objective and sceptical.


At 07:25 AM 4/25/98 -0700, you wrote:
>AJSymi wrote:
>> Anyone who has experience with the new 21mmf2.8asph lens is welcom to
>> How does the lens compare to the former 21mm?  Does the new version
justify the new higher price?
>> Thanks,
>> Arturo
>My experience with the new 21mm. Asph. has been disappointing.  The lens
>shows vignnetting at all apertures, they are worst at 2.8, 4  and
>improve just a bit on 5.6, the edges are soft and get worst at close
>apertures, f-16.  The infinity focus is poor and is not sharp when you
>focus with the scale.
>The price is quite high for such a poor performance.  You can justify
>the expenses if you are a Leicomaniac fanatic.  I showed the prints to
>people and they have noticed the light falloff and the softness on the
>edges.  Some of them couldn't believe that they were from Leica glass. 
>They explained, What happened to Leica! Do they rip-off your money that
>easy with that lens?
>I tried the 24mm. Asph. and it has the same problem.  I know that if
>Leica comes out with a 28mm. Asph. I won't buy it.  Just because the
>lens has aspherical elements or Apo. it is synonymous of an excellent
Thomas Kachadurian