Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/04/30

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Subject: Re: [Leica] New member intro & some questions
From: Nathan Wajsman <>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 21:45:46 +0200

Hi Carsten,

I have looked at Erwin's home page and determined that I *need* one of th=
following lenses to add to my 35:

1.4/75mm Summilux  OR
2.8/90mm Elmarit-M

I really prefer the Summilux. But a new one costs about 85.000 BEF (divid=
e by
21 to get DM), and second-hand ones are nowhere to be seen. In contrast, =
Elmarit is less than half of the Summilux, at 40.000 BEF. I am wondering =
to do. I think that once I get one of these two to complement the 35 mm, =
will have the Leica outfit of my dreams (at least until I also get the

I shot my test roll today and dropped it off for developing. I can't wait=
the slides to be back on Saturday (tomorrow is a holiday here).


Carsten Bockermann wrote:

> Nathan,
> good to see you on the LUG !
> >>I think that my next lens purchase will be a 90 mm lens.
> >>There seem to be several incarnations of that one.
> >>Any advice on which ones are good and which aren't?
> I had a late model Tele-Elmarit-M 90/2.8 (version with 39mm filter thre=
> built until 1989). It was a very good lens, particularly at infinity. A=
> close range contrast wasn=B4t too good. Several months ago I sold it an=
> bought an Elmarit-M 90/2.8 (current model with 46mm filter thread). Thi=
> lens is a little bigger and unfortunately a lot heavier than the tiny
> Tele-Elmarit-M, but performs way better in the close range.
> My first 90 BTW was the Summicron-M 90/2 which I sold after half a year=
> it just didn=B4t perform as well as I had expected it to.
> You can find a lot of info on Leica lenses (including 90mm) on Erwin Pu=
> website (
> You may also want to think about getting the Summilux-M 75/1.4 which is=
> stellar performer.
> Carsten