Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/05/17

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Subject: [Leica] 90mm f/2 APO ASPH
From: "Simon Lamb" <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 15:35:52 +0100
References: <> <002501bfbff7$a3afd4a0$aa4a883e@default>


I need an urgent response to this or I may miss the opportunity to get the
lens.  I looked at a new 90mm f/2 APO ASPH today and noticed two things.  At
the side of the top curved element there was a small bit of white substance
trapped between the lens and the inside screw thread.  It was very small and
when I tried to brush it away there was a very fine and small hair attached.
The item seemed trapped and would not move and was, as I said very small.

There was also a small mark on one of the internal elements.  I have seen
this on other lenses and they work fine.

My question.  I did not take the lens because I figured for my 1,200 pounds
I should get a lens without any marks or trapped bits.  Am I being overly
fussy and do you feel that this is within acceptable limits of acceptance
considering it is a Leica (hand made) and therefore subject to some

I need a quick response before they sell the lens to someone else.  I have
already waited four weeks for it and, having held it gently in my arms, I
want it back!


- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Jason Hall" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2000 1:00 PM
Subject: [Leica] Leicaflex SL MOT

> Following earlier posts about SL MOT
> production numbers, I had the following reply
> from Leica UK to an email I directed at
> Solms:-
> "The s/n 1278xxx was allocated to a batch of
> Leicaflex SL's in 1970. As was often the
> practice this number (not being used in that
> batch) would have been carried over to be
> used in a  later production  run, i.e. -
> Leicaflex SL MOT.   We have no details of any
> prototypes, and modification to the original
> SL is unlikely".
> I followed this up with a phone call and
> their rep claimed that despite the fact that
> some of the serial numbers fell outside of
> the designated batches, there were, as far as
> he was aware only 980 SL MOT''s made,
> production was limited to 72-74, he also said
> that there were probably far less than 980 SL
> specific motor drives made.  Contrary to the
> above mail he said that some of the MOT's
> outside of the designated serial number
> runs may have been modified SL's.
> This doesn't really clarify anything, but I
> hope its of interest.
> Jason

Replies: Reply from Bill Satterfield <> (Re: [Leica] 90mm f/2 APO ASPH)
Reply from Lucien <> (Re: [Leica] 90mm f/2 APO ASPH)
In reply to: Message from "Jason Hall" <> ([Leica] Leicaflex SL MOT)