Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/04/17

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Leitz Telyt-V 280mm f/4.8 Lens
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Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 11:00:06 -0400

Felix Lopez de Maturana <> wrote:
> May someone be so kind to give his opinión about this Leica tele in order 
> to use it  through a Viso III in a M6 camera?
Felix, the last version (s/n 2340953+) is the best version.  It mounts directly on the viso III without adapters.  I'll leave it to other to discuss whether a viso makes sense (opinions vary!) but as to the lens... I've used 2 samples, the first with the standard focussing helix and the 2nd with the Televit rapid-focus grip. 
If you are looking for apochromatic image quality, get an APO-Telyt-R and your camera body of choice... but the 280 Telyt-V is quite good.  I've been very pleased with the image quality at full aperture.  The first sample flared badly if it caught a whif of sunlight on the front element, but the 2nd one hardly flares at all.  I have no idea why there is so much difference.
I like this lens much better with the Televit vs. the standard focussing helix.  The standard helix is typical of Leitz Canada construction: very solid and precise, but it doesn't focus close enough for my purposes.  Here are a few photos made with this lens:
Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento

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