Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/07/06

[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]

Subject: Re: [Leica] 11817
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 09:59:08 EDT

In a message dated 7/5/99 10:56:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 

<< Lets hear it from the rest of you Luggers. Is the 11817 a dog, or might it 
 a fine and delightful lens like most other Leitz glass?
 Regards, Paul Connet >>

I have 3 Summicrons, the chrome one from M2 days, the 1969-79 version (I 
guess that's the 11817 you're speaking about) and the latest version. I think 
they're all super lenses.  The 11817 is higher contrast than the older 50 but 
gives up a *bit* in resolution; the latest version Leica seems to have 
figured out how to avoid any compromise.  Having been seduced by lens lust 
into buying the latest lenses (21,35, 50, 90 and 135) I'd have to say that 
with the exception of M6 metering capability of the 21 ASPH over the 21 SA, I 
probably wouldn't do it over again.  When I hike with my 6x9, I still carry 
an M4 or M42 with the 21,35,50,90,and 135 of '70's vintage.  They're all 
smaller than the latest lenses and they all (except the 21) take the same E39 
filters including the much smaller discontinued swing-out polarizer.  The 35 
and 50 share a clip-on hood as do the 90 and 135.  Whatever gains Leica has 
imparted to the newest lenses has come at a compromise to efficiency and 
portability, unfortunately for me in the case of backpacking this has to take 
precedence over marginal optical improvements.  I realy hadn't stopped to 
consider that when I bought the newer lenses.  Like any tool or instrument 
you've really got to test and judge for yourself and not necessarily depend 
on others' viewpoints.