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Subject: Re: [Leica] Bessa R2 with 90mm Apo Summicron
From: Christer Almqvist <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 09:46:22 +0100
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at f/2.0 I have this problem with my .72 Leica M's all the time when 
I shoot at 2-3 meter distance (or less!), but then I usually shoot 
people, and they tend to move, as my wife has no garden gnomes. So I 
always ask myself if this lens is practical in the circumstances you 
are talking about, and wonder if the Tele Elmarit (which I sold) was 
not better in practice with its lower weight and smaller size and 
less dollars. The 2.0 is good for theatres etc, provided you can get 
in on a photo session preview.

>During the holidays I took some shots at the Polish Jews' Club in 
>Copenhagen with the R2 and 90mm Apo, mostly at 2-3 meter distance 
>and at f2. Many of those were out of focus. Last weekend I tested 
>the comination in more controlled circumstances (my wife's garden 
>gnome) and again, at close distances and wide apertures, the 90 just 
>does not seem to focus correctly on the R2. I would be interested in 
>the experiences of other R2 owners with longish lenses. I wonder if 
>my R2 is faulty (the lens works fine on my Leica bodies), or if I 
>simply have to live with the fact that given the R2's shorter 
>effective rangefinder base, focusing a 90mm lens at f2 is always 
>going to be a hit-or-miss (mostly miss) proposition.
>Nathan Wajsman
>Herrliberg (ZH), Switzerland
>mobile: +41 78 732 1430
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