Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/01/18

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 135 f4 Tele Elmar Bargain?
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 08:18:36 EST

In a message dated 1/17/02 11:48:56 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> user 135 f4 Tele Elmar for sale.  It needs a full 
>  CLA as there is a lot of dust and the aperture ring sticks, but after 
>  looking it over and bargaining I was able to talk them waay down. Still, 
>  I figure a CLA must be about $100 for it, so I was wondering what these 
>  lenses are worth if already cleaned and adjusted condition. Anyone have 
>  an idea?


This is a wonderful lens, optically excellent and strong as can be 
mechanically. I sold one like-new in orig box last summer for $725. A user 
that is optically and mechanically fine but cosmetically, heh, in today's 
market might fetch $350.-450. For a complete overhaul, John Van Stelten could 
charge up to $150., depending on what need to be done, so figure out the math.

The 135 Tele-Elmar requires careful focussing on all M cameras. The .85 RF 
helps and the new VF magnifier helps a lot. That's the reason Leitz put 
goggles on the 135/2,8 Elmarit-M, to ensure more accurate focussing. I sold 
my Tele-Elmar because I found I just wasn't using the 135 focal length on my 
M cameras at all. Good luck.

Seth          LaK 9
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