Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/31

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Not Leica quality
From: "Ken Iisaka" <>
Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2001 20:46:49 -0800
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>     On Thursday I bought a 15mm Heliar. On Friday, I shot photos with it,
developed the film and printed (via Photoshop) the results. On Saturday, I
returned the lens and got a refund.
>     Sharpness/resolution was pretty good in the center, contrast was
OK--but vignetting was worse than I thought possible. Photoshop managed to
lighten the corners and edges (the left edge exhibited very bad vignetting)
but the the overexposure was so great that there was little detail there and
what there was, was very fuzzy. In my opinion, this is an overrated lens.
>     Steve

Of course it's not Leica quality.  It's not a Leica, nor has Leica ever made
a 15mm lens for use with LTM and M cameras.  So what reference is there for
a "Leica-quality" 15mm lens?

Still, it outperforms a Zeiss Hologon at less than 1/20 of the cost.

In reply to: Message from (Steve Huntley) ([Leica] Not Leica quality)