Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/07

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Subject: Re: [Leica] RE: Pitfalls of 400 6.8 R
Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 18:24:27 EDT

In a message dated 5/7/98 6:16:17 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< I used a 400 6.8 for a couple days and hated it.  I couldn't get used to 
 the sliding focus mechanism and 
 worse yet was having to focus it while the lens is stopped down to the  >>
I had one years ago and then sold it along with all of my Leicaflex stuff.
Last year I got back into the system after years of never being quite happy
with other manufacturers' equipment. I recently bought a 400 6.8 for about
$800 in mint condition with a Leica box to carry it in. The images are
spectacular, just as they were years ago. The lens produces very high
resolution and contrast slides. However I always have used it wide open except
in rare instances where I would stop it down to gain a little delth of field
if the conditions were suitable. The sliding focus is no problem for me
especially in light of the near-focussing capability of the lens. Also, it
works well on a bellows for "distance" shots of bugs, etc.

I guess it is a matter of what your are used to or wish to accomodate.