Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/22

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Subject: RE: Re: R: [Leica] Telephoto Lens for M
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Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 14:31:25 -0400


  The 135/4 Tele-Elmar is not relatively cheap but DIRT CHEAP in my book.  I guess lots of photographers do not cherish the 135mm any more for one reason or another, possibly because of the focusing accuracy on most of the M bodies.  Again, in my book the 135 Tele-Elmar is a steal for its stellar performance.  But remember, you would be disappointed with its result if you do not use either the M3 or M6HM.


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Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 13:31:04 EDT
Subject: Re: R: [Leica] Telephoto Lens for M

In a message dated 5/22/02 1:20:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 

> Don't ignore the 135/4 Tele-Elmar which surely is the closest to the latest 
> APO lenses in performance.

IMO David has this right. I sold my mint Tele-Elmar just before Leica 
announced the 1.25X viewfinder magnifier. I don't have an M3, use M6 and M4 
and found the focussing less exact than I liked. Had I had the 1.25, I would 
not have sold.

This is a superb lens optically and built like the proverbial b.s.h. The 
135/3.4 APO beats it in speed but stopped down, you will not see the 
difference. Unless perhaps you explode a slide to Grand Central Terminal 
proportions. And then you'll need a lift to get close enough to see the 
difference. And the Tele-Elmar is still relatively cheap.

Seth        LaK 9 
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