Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/21

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Ok, so what about the 180/2.8
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 08:44:06 -0600

>Recently luggers helped me with research on the 180/2.0 Summicron. I
>discovered that it appears to be the rarest and biggest of Leica R-lenses,

>I have a chance for one and wonder what luggers thought about the
>picture-taking and handling of this R lens.

I don't know where you get the idea it's the rarest, biggest or most
expensive. It's far from it on all counts. It is big and expensive, but
Leica has bigger and more expensive lenses if that's what you want. Rarer too.


The non-Apo 180 2.8 (second generation) is a wonderful lens. I have used it
wide open with no reservation whatsoever. Stopping down one stop does
improve performance somewhat, but for closeups, it's better than the 180
3.4 Apo Telyt. It's light and easy to handle. Very compact. If you want a
180, and you don't want to fork out the money for the new APO versions,
this is the 180 to get.
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Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

I'm not okay, you're not okay, and that's okay. - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross