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Subject: Re: [Leica] 35mm for my LEICA M6
From: Christer Almqvist <>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 17:43:01 +0100
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The point about size and weight a is something you may want to consider.

I had the version before the ASPH and had terrible problems with the 
paint falling off the diaphragm blades. Berore you buy check the 
condition of the inner lens surfaces just as carefully as the front 
and back surfaces. To do this place the lens on a light box and look 
at the surfaces using a loupe or a magnifying glass. This is the only 
way I know that will allow your eyes to focus on the inner surfaces.
I bought mine in near mint condition, and it was obviously almost 
unused, but a year of heavy use was too much for the paint. So what 
looks clean, may turn into a disaster. Mine was cleaned, not by 
Leica, but they never managed to get it properly put back together 
again. The dealer who sold and repaired it took it back at the price 
paid plus repair cost when I bought one of his demonstrator ASPHs. 
As others have said, if you want sharp pictures at full aperture (and 
have a steady hand and good processing technique, if you use b+w), 
that is the lens to get, otherwise it is a matter of taste, more than 
of money


>The last version of the 35/2 made before the Asph version is a wonderful
>lens. Absolutely without peer in the middle apertures and almost as good as
>the Asph wide open. An added bonus is that it is smaller and lighter as
>well. I would have kept mine if only it had gone to f/1.4.
>John Collier
>35/2 fourth version was made from 1979 to 1997. Approximate serial no. range
>is 2 970 xxx to 3 731 200.
>>  From: imagecom@EUnet.yu
>>  I am thinking of buying a 35mm lens for my M6. I donot want to get an
>>  ASPH lens because it is too expensive. Since leica has many versions
>>  of it, in F2.0 power, which one is the best (the latest one before
>>  the ASPH???) or an earlier model?
>  >
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