Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/08/26

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Subject: [Leica] Photokina release
From: Lucien <>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 1998 07:02:41 -0400

On WSC web site:


and =

Jim wrote :

>No electronic M7. Erwin, you win. But you already knew this.
>M6 with TTL flash, SCA3000. Same mechanical shutter. Same mechanical
>APO 90/2 M
>APO 135/3.4 M
>APO 35-70/2.8 R, non rotating front element :)
>(this is the new little sister to the 70-180 APO zoom)
>If it performs anything like the 70-180, this is going to be a real
>That's almost a gaggle of APO lenses! WOW

Again I'm so disappointed:

A new R 35-70/2,8 ! (After a 35-70/3,5 and a 35-70/4 !)
What a nice zoom line ! =

IMO, the most banal focals for a zoom.
I always found that something was missing on a 35-70.
I was expecting a 35-90/2,8 !
It will not be "the universal lens" that I was expecting.
Where is my good old R 45-90/2,8 (Angenieux) ?  ;-)

And 14 years for a M6 TTL Flash !! with a 1/50 syncro !
I was expecting it in 1984 ! =

If that's all the improvement they can offer after 14 years.
And I hear (not confirmed) that it will be a few minimeter taller.
(If it's true, what about those of us who use the NF 50mm ?)

Really, I don't understand.
I hope that others are happy.