Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Portraiture without the blinding flash.
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 11:35:19 EDT

In a message dated 8/22/00 10:29:50 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< Here is an example taken with a 1937 uncoated Elmar mounted on a IIIa,
 northern light and no fill!
 Even a slow lens works with a good window! >>

But just look at that flare!  Seriously, it is very pleasant to see how well 
the older lenses perform when used to best advantage.  Using current lenses 
for such applications results in a different look.  It is well to remember 
that these are the very lenses that made the reputation of E. Leitz and kept 
the company, along with research and development, going.  They still do 
serious work, especially with current emulsions.   If you can't abide using 
LTM bodies, get an adapter and mount one of these antiques on your M.  
However, they will not all focus easily to infinity, the 50/3.5 Elmar for 
example, because the wide mounting flange leaves insufficient space for the 
lever to travel, when the lens is screwed in fully against the adapter.  
Perhaps leaving it partially unscrewed when using the lens at infinity is the 
best that can be done.  Maybe someone has a better idea.

Joe Sobel

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