Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/11/07

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Focusing Hexar RF with Leica lenses
From: John Collier <>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2000 07:13:16 -0700

Why not get it adjusted? It does seem to be not uncommon for the Hexar RF to
need its rangefinder adjusted. No big deal. I think this probably accounts
for the alternating excellent/stinky reviews that the Konica lenses get. It
would never occur to the SLR orientated testers to check such basic things

John Collier

> From: Patrick Smith <>
> Subject: [Leica] Focusing Hexar RF with Leica lenses
> I bought the camera yesterday and did some testing : I used a 35 mm
> Summilux, a 50 mm Summilux and the 90 mm AA. The focus is off (the
> rangefinder focuses nearer than the real plane of focus) by about 5%,
> meaning that if one focuses on some object 2 meters away, the Leica lens on
> the Hexar will focus 10 cm shorter than when it should.
> Working outside with Tri-X, summiluxes wide open at 4-5 metres range made
> the photos look sharp. Focusing the 90 mm AA at 2 meters range did not. My
> aim is to use the Hexar RF with my wide angle lenses (15/24/35) on
> hyperfocal for quick-and-dirty shooting so it should not matter too much.
> Testing the focus between an M6 TTL, an M3, and the hexar (cameras on the
> same tripod -quick release- and same lenses), I was able to calcute the
> necessary focus differential on the RF patch : I need to turn the lens a tad
> more to infinity (actually a tenth of the RF width). Does not look like a
> problem for my everyday work.