Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/04/10

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Tri-Elmar
From: "Brent Dorsett" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 12:43:20 -0400
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> I had use old Tri-Elmar for a while, but
> 1.The lens did not have deep of field scale, now it was changed.
> 2.When I changed focal length i.e. from 28mm to 50mm the proper frame did
> not jump to place on my M6TTL (0.72), sometimes. The new  Tri-Elmar has
> same mechanic. After few rolls of film, what will be your experience?
> 3.From a user ( not technician) point of view, I did not have chance to
> compare Tri-Elmar against any single focal length lens. Is the difference
> visible?

I have the old version of the Tri-Elmar and the worst problem I have with it
is that I can't seem to take it off my camera. I want to, but each time I
start to change lenses my fingers just drift to the focal length ring --
click -- and well, there you are.

I just returned from 8 days of shooting in flooded Paris, 95% of the time I
used this lens, changing only to the Apo-Telyt M when I needed a long lens.
I never intended to become a Tri-Elmar junkie, but after my first dose on a
travel job, I was hooked. Terrific optical quality and it beats the heck out
off changing lenses. I can't recall the last time I looked at a depth of
field indicator and shooting E.I. 500 film ( Delta 400 new ) in the interior
of the Cafe Flore, with the Tri-Elmar at 4.0 was just fine. Of course, there
is no universal lens, but particularly for travel photography, this one will
handle most situation.

If you change from 28mm to 50mm you have to go through 35mm to get the right
frame lines. Leica tells you so in their product description.

Over the years I've accumulated most Leica focal lengths and in my opinion
the versatility and balance of performance and physical characteristics of
this lens stands out.

Brent Dorsett --- NYC

p.s. I do not hold any of the Tri-Elmar patents.

In reply to: Message from "Victor Wek" <> (Re: [Leica] Tri-Elmar)