Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/06/19

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Subject: RE: [Leica] The Real World - Not on MTV!
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 1999 17:46:46 -0400

Dr. Black Tape confesses that he dropped his M6 with the SUmmilux on it and
the Summilux bound on him. He managed to losen it a bit, but faced with a
three-day shoot, he ran out and got the Serenar as a backup, then, screw
driver in hand, he attacked the Summilux and discovered as soon as he
removed and carefully replaced the rear mount, the lens functioned
perfectly....So now Dr. Black Tape uses the Serenar, which is tiny and has
absolutely incredible depth of field - at f 16 it's about 18" to infinity -
as an everyday "carry" lens when he won't be needing the speed of the

And even Dr. Black Tape does not contend that the Serenar is the technical
equal of the Summilux, which Dr. Black Tape believes is God's gift to
available light shooters.


> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Alastair
> Firkin
> Sent: Thursday, June 17, 1999 5:44 PM
> To:
> Subject: [Leica] The Real World - Not on MTV!
> Dr. Black Tape wonders, for instance, how much sense it would
> make to invest
> $10000 in the Leica equivalent of the $500-700 Heliar, when the Heliar
> produces acceptable results the few times you "need" it.
> FYI - Dr. Black Tape recently used a Serenar 35 2.8, in addition to his
> Summilux 35 ASPH, for a number of shots taken over the course of
> a three-day
> job.
> Your arguements are financial, and yet you own two lenses for the
> same job?
> [said with tongue firmly in cheek]
> Alastair Firkin