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Subject: RE: [Leica] Kenya and long lens
From: "Jay Coleman" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 11:10:13 -0700


By far the cheapest way to get into Leica long glass is the 400/6.8 in
sliding focus mount.  Depending on condition and age you should be able to
get one with shoulder stock and maybe carrying case for $800-1200.  I have
not used it but am told it is excellent.  Doug Herr on the LUG uses one and
gets excellent results.

I think both Tamarkin and Ken Hansen in New York have some.  Don Chatterton
also sometimes has them -- also others, check Shutterbug.

Have a great time!


- -----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Tina Manley
Sent: Wednesday, October 04, 2000 11:25 AM
Subject: [Leica] Kenya and long lens

LUGnuts -

I will be in Kenya for three weeks in December.  While my main focus will
be people, I know I won't be able to resist trying for some photos of the
wildlife there.  The longest lens I have is a 135 for my M's.  I do have
the 100 Macro/Apo for the R and the 2x extender.  I would like to add a
longer lens but I don't want to spend a lot of money.  This will be lens
that won't get much use probably.  That excludes the new modular system
lenses for the R's.  Can you recommend a good, older long lens for the R or
should I look at the Viso system for the M?

On another subject, I have read so many warnings about muggings and robbery
in Kenya that I wonder if it is safe to carry my cameras on the street.  I
know a lot of the warnings about developing countries are exaggerated and I
know to use common sense about not going in bad neighborhoods after
dark.  Has anybody been to Kenya lately?  What do you think?

Thanks -

Tina Manley, ASMP