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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 90mm f/2 APO ASPH
From: "Simon Lamb" <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 16:32:56 +0100
References: <>


That is as fine an example of equivocation as I have seen ;-)  It is a
subjective issue as I am sure then lens would operate well.  But, when
paying Leica prices I expect my own personal level of quality.


- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Chefurka" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2000 4:24 PM
Subject: RE: [Leica] 90mm f/2 APO ASPH

> Neither of the defects you mention are objectively significant.  They may,
> however, be subjectively significant.  The fact that you are wondering
> them here indicates that they do matter to you, at least a bit.  All we
> 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
> lens.
> 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
> 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
> >To:
> >Subject: [Leica] 90mm f/2 APO ASPH
> >
> >
> >Hi
> >
> >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.
> >

In reply to: Message from Paul Chefurka <> (RE: [Leica] 90mm f/2 APO ASPH)