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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Lens help
From: Rolfe Tessem <>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 13:48:53 -0500
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> Rolfe
> Thanks for the reply.  The first few shots I made were without the hood, I
> do have the 12575 which came with it, and several otherwise nice portraits
> were ruined by the flare.  As you say the hood makes a real difference, but
> I noticed just a hint in a couple of shots on the second roll I shot with
> it.  I guess, now that I know the limits of the lens, I will just compose
> around them until I can afford the 90/2 AA lens.  I had expected this lens
> to be as nice as the 90/2.8 I have for my R4SP which is a real jewel of a
> lens.
> Gene


I think we can all agree that the strength of the 90/2.8 thin TE is its 
size. Obviously, the current 90/2.8  Elmarit offers better performance 
at a greater size and weight, as does the 90/2 AA Summicron. The 
question comes down to what you are willing to trade off for the small 
size of the TE. This lens sat in my bag for years before I wised up and 
added the shade. Since then, I can honestly say that I've been happy 
with the performance. The shade definitely kills the veiling flare; if 
any remains, it must manifest itself as slightly blown-out highlights. I 
just haven't seen this kind of flare though in my usage of the lens.

I guess this is one case where YMMV definitely applies.


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Rolfe Tessem
Lucky Duck Productions, Inc.

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