Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/09/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Did Kodak at one time beat Leica in terms of lensquality???
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2001 19:00:34 EDT

In a message dated 9/4/01 3:59:27 PM, writes:

>The better Kodak lenses are still really competitive, and a lot of them
>still being used profesionally in LF and MF cameras.  I have a
>Tessar-derived Ektar in my Baby Speed Graphic which I am itching to try
>out, once I find a film back and cut down some film.

I hope you find a film back soon, I think you'll like your lens.  I use a 
couple Ektars with a 4x5 field camera-100mm Wide Field Ektar and a 203mm 
Ektar.  Compared to modern lenses they are tiny and light weight-make my kit 
much easier to carry.  They also have good contrast and sharpness.  I only 
shoot black and white and don't know how they would be with color film.  I 
think the area they fall short in compared to the best of the new is in 
coverage, their image circle is significantly smaller.
Richard Wasserman