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 ...
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 20:54:22 EDT

Mark, There will be an alternative to the 75/1,4 - Cosina has just announced 
the arrival of the 75/2,5 Ultra Heliar, priced at about US$ 450 and in the 
Tokyo shops on September 1 this year (it is amazing how they can state the 
date and deliver that day, maybe they could teach Solms something about 
this). The size of the lens is similar to that of a 90/2,8 Tele-Elmar and if 
the Heliar and Skopar are any indication of their quality control and design 
capability Leica should watch it carefully. It is a screwmount lens, with the 
adapter it will couple to the rangefinder of the M camera. Other lenses are 
the 35/1,7 (August 1) and the Nokton 50/1,5 (October 1) as well as a 
rangefinder equipped Bessa L camera with 1/125 flash synch and 1/2000 top 
speed. I dont think that the 75/2,5 will outperform the 75/1,4, but it will 
make a nice, lightweight, lens as a companion to a M6 or M4P with the 35/2 as 
main lens. 
Tom A