Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/02/26

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Subject: Re: [Leica] R9
From: "Nathan Wajsman (private)" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 06:12:33 +0100
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If the lens you refer to is the 100mm Apo Macro Elmarit, then yes, it is 
one of the "magic" Leica lenses, in my opinion the finest lens I own, M 
or R (and I have a total of 8). I tend to use it with the slowest, 
finest-grained slide film that I can get my hands on, Kodachrome 25 
(sadly discontinued, but I have a generous stash in the freezer). But if 
you want to see if it is worth for you to get into the R system, you 
should follow Don's advice and shoot the kind of pictures you usually 
shoot and then see if you can identify an improvement over your Nikon glass.


WOC wrote:

> I guess the most pressing question is what film to use that will best show
> off the lens.  I know that slides would probably be better then print but I
> would prefer to use print film.  I loaded some Fuji 400 in it to start and
> have some Fuji 100.  Is there something better I could be using?  I realize
> that to some extent the answer tends to be somewhat personal, but there are
> films that are better then others.  Guess I should mention that I like the
> 'rich' colors.  Would like B&W but over the decades have come to the
> conclusion that it is a talent I do not have.  But then, maybe this is the
> lens to teach me proper B&W... Is this really one of the magic Leica lenses?
> My favorite subjects are cars in motion on a race track.  Given the snow in
> the North East it is unlikely I'll see that while I have this though....
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