Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/10

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Elmarit 19 f/2.8 1st Version
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 18:17:15 -0500

At 09:03 AM 5/10/98 -0600, you wrote:

>I have an opportunity to pick up a very nice 19mm f/2.8 Elmarit-R  of the
>1st version  (3 cam) with 82mm filter size.  The lens is in ex+/mint-
>condition priced at $800.  Does this sound like a fair deal for the first
>version of the lens or is it advisable to look for the second version
>(likely at a substantially higher price)?

Personally, I'd get a 21 f/4 for that price if I could find one. It's a
better lens, if a stop slower. The newer one will cost you at least another
thousand dollars. But I think it's worth it.


Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

One should never generalize.