Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/11/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Speaking of the 19 Elmarit-R
From: "Roy Zartarian" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 18:49:12 +0000

I've got the earlier version.  First off, it's one big heavy piece of 
equipment. Second, despite a threading of 82 mm, Leica recommended 
against the use of filters - the newer version has an internal filter 
turret. That may be a consideration if you think you'll need, for 
example, an FL-D or a polarizer.  I did try an appropriately sized 
UVa filter but found that the filter glass would touch the protruding 
front element.  The filter was hastily returned for a refund.

As for vignetting, I've seen only a slight hint in a couple of negs 
where the lens was wide open, but given the scene I was shooting, I'm 
not sure whether the "dark" was part of the shadows in the 
environment itself.  Angular distortion at the edges comes with the 
territory with this focal length - the same sort of thing appeared 
with a Nikon 20mm.


On 29 Nov 98 at 11:41, wrote:

> I've been interested in this lens for some time but since I have
> only Leicaflexes, the current version won't work for me.
> Are there any showstopper defects in the first version with the
> cams? Vignetting, distortion, soft edges, other?
> TIA,
> Bud
   Roy C. Zartarian
   "A prophet is not without honor except in his
    own land and among his own people"

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