Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] mini3 versus yashica T5
From: Dominique PELLISSIER <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 17:17:33 +0200

>From: Marc Thomas <>
>Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 08:30:55 +0100
>Subject: [Leica] Leica mini 3
>How does the Leica mini3 compare to something like the Yashica T5 ?
My answer is somewhat off-topic. Some years ago I offered to my wife a mi=
1 and...I use to borrow it when i travel.The results are really good even
at full aperture, not as good as my summicron 2/35 at 3.5 of course, but
the differences are not too big with standard prints (10 x 15 cm).
The french review Chasseur d'images (CI) has tested the
minis 1 and 2 : good (center and edge) at 3.5. The best result among the =
mini3 : impossible to test the lens because of a problem of film flatness.
It seems from CI that the mini3 is not built as seriously as the minis 1
and 2.However it is the same plastic junk made by Panasonic for Leica and
others (see the Canon prima mini 2 with a 32mm lens).The optical design i=
different too.
Yashica T5 : from CI the tessar is "good at f:3.5, "weak" up to f:8
(center, edge). But the body is built more seriously than the mini3.
p.s. :in Leica fotografie n=B05/98, there are b&w pictures made in Cuba w=
the mini3.