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Subject: [Leica] Re: Not Leica quality
From: (Steve Huntley)
Date: Sun, 01 Apr 2001 17:41:36 -0400
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   Yes, underexposure. Please excuse my poor editing.
   You say it was not a lens to put on a Leica; was severe vignetting the problem for you as well? Several Luggers responded to my message with praise for the Heliar; one suggested I may have gotten a lemon not representative of the true qualify of the lens. 
   Thanks, Steve

Christer Almqvist wrote:
> Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2001 09:16:52 +0200
> From: Christer Almqvist <>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Not Leica quality
> Message-ID: <f05010436b6ec832a4f64@[]>
> References: <> <0B684C41.1714BACE=
> >     On Thursday I bought a 15mm Heliar. On Friday, I shot photos=20
> >with it, developed the film and printed (via Photoshop) the results.=20
> >On Saturday, I returned the lens and got a refund.
> >     Sharpness/resolution was pretty good in the center, contrast was=20
> >OK--but vignetting was worse than I thought possible. Photoshop=20
> >managed to lighten the corners and edges (the left edge exhibited=20
> >very bad vignetting) but the the overexposure was so great that=20
> >there was little detail there and what there was, was very fuzzy. In=20
> >my opinion, this is an overrated lens.
> >     Steve
> Steve,
> that was a clever move. I waited too long to get rid of mine  and had=20
> to use it as a trade in. I lost more money on that lens than on any=20
> Leica lens I have traded in. OK, I had bought all the Leica lenses=20
> second hand and the Heliar new, so the comparison is not 100% fair.
> The main advantage of the Heliar was that it taught me to use my 21mm=20
> Leica lens much more frequently than I had been doing before. Other=20
> advantages: it is compact, and it is cheap. But it is not a lens to=20
> put on a Leica M body
> BTW, I guess that you mean underexposure (of the negative) when you=20
> write overexposure. Or is this Photoshop language, with which I am=20
> not familiar, I have to admit?
> Chris
> - --=20
> Christer Almqvist
> D-20255 Hamburg, Germany and/or
> F-50590 Regn=E9ville-sur-Mer, France

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