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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] new Asph 90
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 23:23:34 -0500

At 04:53 PM 9/17/98 +0200, you wrote:

>Never mind.  I've obviously stumbled on some sore points here, so I
>shall stay out of this thread.  I didn't mean to start a debate, and
>I'm not advocating phobic fears of technological advance.  Just made an

Not a problem. Interchange is, and should be, fun. So don't ever be afraid
to ask questions. Just ignore those who throw stones at others who like to
share their opinions. (And when some of us seem to blow a cork and snap a
bit. We, and they, get over it quickly and we're all friends again.)

Leica NEVER designs unsharpness into a lens. It's just that some people
seem to think that if a lens isn't perfect, there must be some reason for
it. I don't know much about the 90 Summicron M, but the 90 Summicron R is a
superb lens that I would never hesitate to use wide open for any
application. So I suspect if there's a "flaw" in the performance of the M
version, it's because it's been surpassed by such good new stuff it just
looks like a slacker. So your observation is probably correct, for the
wrong reason. Leica would never do that on purpose - unless they tell us
they did. That's one thing I like about Leica, they're very up front in
many ways with what a lens is all about.

And I really don't think most people use it for portraiture. It's a myth in
the larger photography world that that is what short teles are for. It
shorthand for a lens that has gotten out of had, so to say. :-)
- -- 

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

Maintenance-free: When it breaks, it can't be fixed