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

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Subject: RE: [Leica] 90mm f/2 APO ASPH
From: Paul Chefurka <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 08:24:55 -0700

Neither of the defects you mention are objectively significant.  They may,
however, be subjectively significant.  The fact that you are wondering about
them here indicates that they do matter to you, at least a bit.  All we can
tell you is that the blemishes you have noticed will not affect the
pictures.  What we can't tell you is how they will affect your "bond" to the

What I have found is that my sensitivity to cosmetic imperfections in any
object diminishes over time as I gain confidence in its operation.  My
current car has dings on both front fenders that were acquired when the car
was less than a month old.  I thought for sure I'd have to have them fixed -
a year later they're still there and they don't bug me (except after a car
wash when the sun is shining :-\)  Heck, I even shot weddings for a year
with a Kowa lens that had edge cracks on the rear element.

I may be less sensitive to stuff like that than you are, though.  I know
some people on here get pretty bent about minor flaws in Leica equipment,
and if you're buying new at Leica prices you do have a right to reject
samples with defects.

How's that for equivocation?

Paul Chefurka

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Simon Lamb []
>Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2000 10:36 AM
>Subject: [Leica] 90mm f/2 APO ASPH
>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.

Replies: Reply from Jeff S <> (Re: [Leica] 90mm f/2 APO ASPH)
Reply from "Simon Lamb" <> (Re: [Leica] 90mm f/2 APO ASPH)