Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/09/17

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Subject: Re: [Leica] new Asph 90
From: "Joe Stephenson" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 19:13:40 -0700

I also like the older lenses--in some ways. I have an f1.5 Sumarit (cr 1958)
and an f3.5 Samaron of about the same era. Both are good and have their
place, but most of the photos that other people say "Wow" about are taken
with the f2 Sumicron-m 50mm. But, I grant you, the older lenses give a look
that cannot otherwise be obtained.
Happy shooting.
Joe Stephenson
- -----Original Message-----
From: Dan Post <>
To: <>
Date: Thursday, September 17, 1998 4:58 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] new Asph 90

>IMHO- The 90/f2 Summicron, old version, in fact mine was originally a two
>cam model, is a perfectly wonderful lens. Excellent performance on all
>counts of sharpness, color and 'bokeh'. I am tone deaf, so I can get by
>less than the best music system, but even with a sharp eye... to me it is
>hard to see the differences in image quality of most Leitz lenses unless
>have the images side by side and have a loupe- hardly the way I look at
>photos normally. If the new aspheric is superior, so be it. I for one am
>happy with the older version. Then again, I am discovering the beauty of
>Leicas and the old lenses that made Leica famous to begin with!
>The upside for us old fogies is that the rush for the newest lens will make
>the older versions available to a greater number of users! I look forward
>seeing what some of the 'newbies' make of the opportunity!