Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/05/16

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Subject: RE: [Leica] 180mm comparisons
From: Douglas Herr <>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 10:42:06 -0400 (EDT)

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From: "Charles Cason" <>
Sent: May 16, 2001 2:12:49 PM GMT
Subject: [Leica] 180mm comparisons

I am in the market for a 180mm lens for my r6.  I have
decided on an APO lens because I will want to use the APO
extender from Leitz later on.  There are two lens for sale
on Ebay.
One is "for Leica R"  Angenieux DEM 180mm 2.3 APO-R  and the
other is the well known LEICA 180/3.4 APO- R.-ROM.  Does
anyone have any experience with the Angenieux lens.  I  want
to use this for wildlife photography and sharpness and
contrast is important.  All things being equal, I would opt
for the faster lens because of the extender, but I don't
really know if all things are equal in this comparison.  Any
help would be greatly appreciated.

The Rev'd Charles E Cason Jr
St. Peter's Episcopal Church (Ripon WI)
1805 Arlington Drive
Oshkosh, WI  54904
(920) 231-8851

I'm using the f/3.4 APO-Telyt.  It's an old design that has been eclipsed by
the likes of the 180mm APO-Elmarit-R. Having noted its antiquity and
obsolete design, I'm still delighted with its optical performance.  Put some
Kodachrome behind it and a tripod under it and find Nirvana.  When pushed to
extremes like sun in or near the picture area a small amount of ghosting
will show up but is usually gone if you stop down to f/5.6.  This shouldn't
be a problem; think about it, how often would you use an aperture wider than
f/5.6 with the sun in the picture???

This lens can't be used with the 1.4 extender because the extender protrudes
too far forward.  The 2x extender should work fine.

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento