Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/03/15

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Terminology and the 2.8/135 Elmarit
From: Mark Rabiner <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 22:23:22 -0800

Marc James Small wrote:
> At 04:53 PM 1999-03-15 -0800, Mark Rabiner wrote:
> >Perhaps we should give the world of fast Teles to the Slr people. I
> >think of the 75 as a fast very short tele. The 135 focal length is a
> >definite tele lens if you're me.
> Neither Leitz nor Leica have really liked "telephoto" lenses:  what they
> have traditionally produced, for the most part, are "long-focus lenses", at
> least for the RF cameras.  A "telephoto" lens is optically compressed:
> that is, it is shorter physically than its focal length, while the 2.8/135
> or the 2.8/90 ARE that physical length, 135mm and 90mm long.
What did they have against them?
Mark Rabiner