Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/01/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Bessa R2 with 90mm Apo Summicron
From: Peter Klein <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 12:03:58 -0800 (PST)

> Well, I do manage quite well with this lens on my M7, which is also of
> the 0.72 variety. Of course, the Bessa R2 has a considerably shorter
> base, something like 0.6 as far as I remember.

Nathan:  The short base of the Bessa RF is going to fail you up close and
wide open on a 90/2.  Here's something you might try. The Bessa R(2) is
based on an SLR body that Cosina made in several guises for Nikon, Olympus
and ???.  Nikon made a 2.5x focusing magnifier for the F80.  It fits
the R2.  It might help, just as the 1.25x Leica magnifier does.  Although
it magnifies too much to see the entire image.


Incidentally, an old LTM body with an 85 or 90mm bright-line finder is
actually a great theatrical camera. The RF is magnified 1.5x, giving you
an adequate effective baselength, and things look bigger and therefore
easier to focus on.  The separate RF/Viewfinder isn't so much of an issue
when you're shooting a stage.  Unfortunately, you can't use the 90 Apo on
a screwmount body.

- --Peter Klein
Seattle, WA

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