Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/07/13

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Subject: [Leica] FS: Chrome Kobalux 21/2.8 3rd gen
From: Dante Stella <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 18:19:48 -0400 (EDT)

The black ones are sold out (very quickly surpassing available factory
output in that color), but I will be bringing in some chrome ones as well
(3 of which are still available as of today).

21/2.8 Kobalux LTM chrome lens (RF coupled), 3rd generation, with finder,
universal M-adapter (35/135), brightline finder, shade, caps, to your door
in the U.S., $525.  New in box.

Same w/o finder, w/o M-adapter, $449

Price is for remittance before 7/18 and delivery 1st week August.
Price after 7/18 is $549 and $474, respectively.
Paypal accepted and strongly encouraged.  No surcharge.

Principal differences between this and Adorama' version
(see my previous post)
- - Recomputed optics for improved bokeh
- - Circular aperture
- - Half click stops
- - Fully multicoated
- - I have also arranged for traditional LTM indicator placement (1:00),
  which not only makes this LTM lens more traditional, but also allows
  you to read the selected aperture in the VF of a M6 0.58 or Hexar RF,
  just like you would with a Canon or Leica LTM lens.
- - Compare the price

Adorama does not sell this one, and it appears that they never will.

As noted previously, Kobalxues are highly rated (see previous post).  In
BJP the last version (2d) was shown as outperforming both Super Angulons,
converted Biogons, and coming in about even with an Elmarit-M (pre-asph).
Shutterbug published a favorable report as well.

They are also beautifully made with smooth focus, nice click stops (ball
bearing), and lovely hard chrome finish.  Filter thread is 58mm (can take
standard height filters) and depth is about 35mm.  So it's about half to
two-thirds the depth of the 21/2.8 Elmarit-M and about the same width at
the front.

Should work with any LTM camera (IIIc or after) or M-mount camera (except
maybe the M5).  Looks great on an M3 - very close to the same finish.

Questions?  Feel free to email offlist.

Have a good one!