Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/09/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Optimal Portrait Lenses
From: Thomas Donovan <>
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000 22:05:53 -0400

Doug Herr,

>>so the 90 Summicron-R will not do, and is the 80 ( Summilux-R)<<
                     >>too short<<

By "gap" I mean the 90 Summicron-R is not available new & it's
formula should be updated to make it an "apo" the M version!

I've worked with a R-80 f1.4 before & it's a great lens. However, for
me it was a "tad" short relative to 85mm thru 100 focal lengths.

If Contax falters with the N1; i.e, early reviews indicate their AF lenses 
are lessor than their MF versions........optically or build quality. I'd
reconsider the R-80 along with the Nikkor 85 f1.4.

Tom D.