Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/02/16

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 80 Summilux-R or 90-Summicron-R?
From: Francesco <>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 16:29:14 -0800

So you'd pair the 35 Summilux-R and the 80 Summilux-R
for an ideal R system?  
I already have the 180 Elmarit-R-APO (which is too long and 
big to carry around) and a 50 Summicron-R (which is 
not wide enough for me).


At 07:14 AM 2/16/99 , Eric Welch wrote:
>At 09:39 PM 2/15/99 -0800, you wrote:
>>Are both of these lenses near perfection at the same aperture, f/5.6?
>I'd say the 90 Summicron R which I have used for years, is at it's best at 
>f/4. That's my own experience. I haven't done any testing, but f/4 is just 
>amazing. Shoot, wide open is just fine. I have never hesitated to use it 
>wide open. Tack sharp. And it works great close up too. It's my favorite 
>basketball lens.
>But I'd probably get an 80 Summilux if I didn't already have the 75 
>Summilux. But on the R, the 90 is much smaller and lighter. Which helps 
>when travelling. I'm still hoping that Leica will come out with the 90 ASPH 
>APO some day for the R. So I don't plan to get an 80 Summilux. The 90 is a 
>great lens already, so why spend the money? Knowing you, I suspect the 100 
>Apo Macro would be a better choice, if you don't need the speed. Otherwise, 
>the 80 Summilux would be a better complement to that lens than either of 
>the 90s.
>Eric Welch
>St. Joseph, MO
>The best lack all conviction, while the worst \ Are full of passionate 
>intensity. -William Butler Yeats [The Second Coming]