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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Noctilux Gloom-Buster VS 75mm f/1.4 ...
From: Mark Rabiner <>
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 1999 15:15:57 -0700

Pascal wrote:
> On 07-07-1999 13:51 Andre Jean Quintal wrote:
> > my hunch is rather that a APO-Summicron 75mm f/2.8
> >       would see the light of day sooner as it would be a very hot
> >       item, hopefully priced the same as an Elmarit 90mm f/2.8.
> Hi Andre:
> why would Leica come up with a same speed-lens (2.8) which almost the
> same focal length?
> Leica went for the 75 mm because that was the focal length best suited
> for a luminous 1.4 f-stop for the M series. Either Leica will retain the
> 75 mm focal lenght for a luminous lens (maybe updated with an ASPH
> element - I doubt that APO would have real benefits for such short focal
> length) or it would simply drop it (highly unlikely) and replace it with
> the 90 APO ASPH.
> Pascal
One reason would be because it would justify the annoying 75 frame line
which few people ever have the opportunity of taking advantage of.
Instead of the 75 option being an issue of "is this lens to heavy and in
to viewfinder too much to make it's attributes worthwhile?" it could be
"Here's a compact option for getting a little reach" it could be the
Tele-elmarit that could.
I might be able to be made inexpensively and bring in some well
appreciated cash. They could commission someone else to do it and it
wouldn't break my heart if the price was right. Like the 90 for the CL
only even more compact.
Mark Rabiner