Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/10/05

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Kenya and loooong lens: Another option
From: "Jay Coleman" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 14:04:35 -0700

The 350/4.8 is well regarded (I believe Jim Brick has one and likes it) but
it is considerably more expensive, and harder to find, than the 400/6.8.

Jay Coleman

- -----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of David
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2000 8:37 AM
Subject: [Leica] Kenya and loooong lens: Another option

I'm surprised that no one has suggested the
incredibly-wonderful-yet-inexplicably-unloved 350/4.8 Telyt.  I shlepped
mine to Africa on one of my 8 or 9 trips there and it acqutted itself
admirably.  It will never unseat my Nikon 400/2.8 AF-S as wildlife optic of
choice but, for the occasional wildlife photog, it's got a lot going for it:
razor sharp, reasonable max f/stop, auto-diaphragm, relatively inexpensive
(in Leica terms), useful for a whole lot more than just wildlife (or sports)
and (this is the part I like best!) has a wonderfully "packable" form

Now for the ultimate heresy:  One could always buy a "previously owned"
Tamron 300/2.8 manual focus (it originally came with a matched 1.4x
converter) with Leica-R Adaptall mount; use it on the trip; re-sell it when
you get back.  It's really not all that bad!

Just a few thoughts.

Dave F.