Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/09/25

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Subject: Re: [Leica] V35
From: Dominique PELLISSIER <>
Date: Sat, 26 Sep 1998 08:38:20 +0200

>A V35 w/color head may be available for $835 at a "Dutch Auction" held by
>ProFoto Northwest.  Unfortunately, this does not include a lens.  I don't
>recall ever seeing the focotar 2.8 for sale separately.
>1.  Can other lenses be used on the V35 and retain autofocus?  Or be easily
>used without autofocus?
>2.  Anyone recall seeing focotars on the used market in the states with any
>degree of regularity?
>Mike Leitheiser
>"When the trout are lost, smash the state."
>                                   Tom McGuane
You can always buy a new WA Focotar 2.8/40 at Leica Camera. The price (in
France ) is absolutely crazy : 6338 FRF (1056 USD)!!!
I have owned a 2nd hand Focotar WA. I sold it recently.
I have not been convinced by the quality of the lens. It is a plastic junk
(My Angenieux g10 is all metal) and the results are not superior to my
Angenieux bought used only 600 FRF (100 USD).
You can use other lenses on the V35 but without the AF, except the old
focotar 4.5/50 (all metal and marvelous lens) for which it existed a cam
supplied by Leica.
BTW the price of your V35 for sale is too high ! In France a V35 with the
lens but without a color module is sold around 4500 FRF (750 USD). There
are many V35 on the market and the prices drop.

Dominique Pellissier