Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Comparing Nikon glass and Leica glass
From: Doug Herr <>
Date: 29 Mar 2001 20:01:27 -0800

On Thu, 29 March 2001, Jim Hemenway wrote:

> Ken:
> For what it may be worth, you might be interested in how David Ruether
> rated the Micro-Nikkor(s)
> I've been shooting some chromes with my new, (to me) f2/50mm Summicron-R
> on an SL. I'll have to try some pairs with it and my 2.8 Micro-Nikkor to
> see if I come up with similar results.  Maybe there'll be twice as much
> Nikon stuff up for sale.
> Jim

My experience is similar to Ken's except that I'd been using the 60mm Macro-Elmarit-R for some years before the test.  My 55mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor is one my wife and kids normally use on a Nikon FG with store-brand color negative film.  I put K25 in the FG once and immediately saw why so many Nikon users shoot with Velvia.  The colors produced by the Micro-Nikkor on Kodachrome 25 was nowhere near the colors I'd become accustomed to with the Macro-Elmarit-R.

I'm keeping the FG and Micro-Nikkor because it's light weight and handy especially when an inexperienced photographer wants to use it but it will always have store-brand film in it.  Kodachrome deserves a Leica lens, and vice versa.

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento
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