Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/03

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Lens Questions: thank you! Now, about wide angle....
From: Bill Satterfield <>
Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2001 16:21:49 -0600
References: <34EEAD35AB9BD311BE4A0050DA27CFA030BC44@ERNIE>

Buzz,  I agree. I have both lens and they are all they are supposed to be. I
could not be more pleased.

Buzz Hausner wrote:

> Treat yourself to a pre-aspheric 35 Summicron...a dynamite performer in a
> small package...relatively under-priced as people continue to swap up to the
> aspheric...the second best deal in Leica lenses after the skinny
> Tele-Elmarit.
>         Buzz Hausner
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Adam Bridge []
> Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2001 2:31 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Lens Questions: thank you! Now, about wide
> angle....
> Thanks to everyone for their replies to my questions. I always wondered what
> the flat "ledge" on the top of the 50mm lens was for! Now I know.
> Unfortunately I am unable to comply with the request to surrender the 90mm
> lens. It seems to work just fine for me! <grin>
> Now a question to really reveal my ignorance:
> I've never shot with a lens wider than 50mm. (okay, you know the awful
> truth)
> I'd like to buy a lens in the 25-35mm range for shooting in confined spaces.
> Last summer I was on deck at the US Olympic Swimming Trials in Indianapolis.
> While I'm please with the photos, the best of them were actually shot at a
> distance with the 90mm because I was always too close or surrounded by
> crowds for the 50. I CRAVED something wider.
> But these lenses are, ahem, pricey. Because I don't need the latest and
> greatest I'm wondering if you have thoughts about what to look for in a good
> used lens. I'm sure a dealer would say "buy a new one" but I could almost
> buy a Cannon D30 for the cost of one of those puppies. Well almost.
> Which is an interesting aside, I note that with many cameras the body is the
> most expensive purchase. A D30 is $3k but an optically stabilized zoom lens
> is well under $1k. An M6 is going to run about $2k or so (roughly) but a
> lens will be at least that if I look for something wide. I find that
> interesting.
> Anyway, I'm learning a LOT from my M6. I still can't estimate focus fast
> enough without looking. I try but I can't learn how to gage focus so when I
> bring the camera up it's nearly set the right focal distance. Is there a way
> to be good at this?
> I ramble. My apologies.
> Adam Bridge