Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Newie to list + questions
From: D Khong <>
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 21:49:37 +0000

>I recently found
>a mint black Canon 135 f3.5 lens to use with my screw mount stuff. How does
>this compare with a similar age Hektor or Elmar?

The Canon 135/3.5 is a nice sharp lens, has good contrast, and balances
well on the M-camera with my SM-M adapter. I like it more than the 135
Elmar which is longer by comparison. However, I cannot be sure that they
are of the same vintage. I only have the 135 elmar to compare it with and I
have no experience with a Hektor.

>I just got a really nice M2 so I'm going to sell my older one. The old M2
>has light ID marks scratched on it and is in about ex shape cosmetically.
>Mechanically and optically its perfect. What do you think I should ask for

From experience, ID marks tend to depress the value of a lens or camera.
You might want to ask a dealer what he would offer for the M2, and try to
sell it for a slightly higher price than that offered by the dealer.

Dan K.