Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/08/02

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Subject: [Leica] R Lenses
From: "Thomas J. Donovan" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 00:02:06 -0400

Eric Welch,

>>how is the new 180 compared to the 70-180<<

I've never shot them side by side. I tend to use them
somewhat exclusively; i.e. hand held vs tripod. 
However, I did take a series of slides ( Astia ) of
a Riverboat ( late afternoon ) with the 180 on a
tripod.The name ( Julia Belle Swain ) was only 
visible with a 22x loupe & the letters were razor
sharp (shot at f2.8)....A lens for sharpness nuts;-)!

The results from my R-50 f1.4 workout were great.
Center sharpness was great at f1.4 & f2; focusing
was fast & smooth. One helluva lens :-)! 

Looking forward to gathering the light with my R8s &
Summiluxes........80 f1.4 & the new 50 f1.4!

Tom D.