Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/09/01

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Comments on Russar 5,6/20 mm please....
From: Marc James Small <>
Date: Wed, 01 Sep 1999 16:33:29 -0400

At 03:04 PM 9/1/1999 EDT, InfinityDT wrote:
>Here's just my 0.02:  Stephen Gandy advertises Nikon F-to-Leica M adaptors
>his website for as I recall $175.  For in the $400 range 
>you can get a decent used 20 f2.8AF Nikkor.  It won't rangefinder couple 
>(neither does the Russar) but it will meter with the M6.  By f5.6-f8 it's a 
>fine, fine performer; plus you can use it on any Nikon SLR body and it has
>almost guaranteed resale value at or near what you paid for it.  It's no 21 
>S/A or Elmarit-ASPH but if it were me I'd place it before the Kobalux or the 
>Russar in terms of performance and value.

And 2 cents is all that is worth.  A discerning shopper can find a Russar
MR-2 for under $200.  And a Russar, I strongly suspect, will outperform ANY
retrofocus 21mm design.

It is a much more complex design than I had previously thought.  The
formula was much admired by Willy Merte, the Zeiss optical scientist
responsible for the Biotar.

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