Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/02/27

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Subject: RE: [Leica] R9
From: "langhans" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 05:40:35 -0800
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I recently purchased the 100 APO after over a year of using the 100/f4
version.  I was very excited to get this legendary lens.  However, I CANNOT
say that the older lens "pales in comparison".  I have taken a few shots of
comparison, but I have to look quite closly to see any difference (like use
a 20x magnifier).  I am using Velvia film.  Perhaps it is because thing are
still very gray up here.  Maybe when some color returns to the world I will
see the magical difference, but so far, the only reason I am going to keep
the new version and get rid of the old version is that it focuses closer w/o
any add-ons, and the 2.8 is easier for me to focus through the viewfinder.
If I don't sell the f-4 version before some nice flowers come out, I'll do
some more comparisons.


> Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 01:55:42 -0800 (PST)
> From: Henry Ting <>
> Subject: RE: [Leica] R9
> Message-ID: <>
> References:
> If you are refering to the 100mm macro APO, then its
> in a league by itself. The older F4 100mm macro pales
> in comparison. However, as versatile as the 100mm APO,
> its not a lens for the race track. Due to its internal
> floating design (focus down to macro as well as
> distant-landscaping), focusing is slow because the
> focusing range it covers is very wide. Having said
> that, I find its a "must have" R lens because the
> resulting picture image it can produce is almost
> magical.

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