Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/07/06

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Jim Kuehl
From: "Bud Cook" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 15:39:07 -0500
References: <>

I paid about $1050 for mine and the ASPH was going for quite a bit more at
the time.   I'm happy with the fourth generation Summicron.   Besides, who
wants a lens with funny looking elements:-)

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Jem Kime" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2000 3:27 PM
Subject: RE: [Leica] Re: Jim Kuehl

> Bud,
> The last of the pre-Asph 35 Summicrons are being knocked down for 499 GBP
> here in 'Blighty (about USD 749) - check out Ffordes web site if
> interested. A bit of a bargain if you ask me, several dealers have s/h
> stock above that price! I've not compared them myself but I've read
> reports which say the difference is nowhere near as large as the Summilux
> lenses and alonside that, there's a lot to be said for the smaller size
> too.
> regards,
> Jem
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bud Cook []
> Of all the transactions I've made with Jim, only one thing bothers me.  At
> about the time the new 35 Summicron ASPH came out, I called him up to buy
> one.   He convinced me that I'd be better off with the pre-ASPH.   I'm
> still
> not sure whether Jim was anxious to sell his stock of pre-ASPH lenses or
> he really believed what he was telling me.
> I'm happy with the pre-ASPH and so I rationalize why it's a better lens
> than
> the ASPH (neutral color rendition, small size, better hood, lower price).
> Bud

In reply to: Message from Jem Kime <> (RE: [Leica] Re: Jim Kuehl)