Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/06/21

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Subject: [Leica]
From: joelct at (joelct)
Date: Mon Jun 21 20:28:12 2004
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Hello James

Appreciate your honesty and down to earth statements. I agree about the 
$2500 lens - it does not necessarily give one a $2500 picture.

Since you are using Pentax M42 lenses - you should consider acquiring the 
50/1.4 ( 8 element ) earlier series

Brgds / J Low

--- JAMES NICHOLS <> wrote:

> I bought my first used Leica LTM in 1952, a Model III
> factory-converted to a IIIa.  I have enjoyed Leica photography since
> that time, though since requiring full-time eyeglasses, I have also
> used other systems.  Now retired, there is no way I can afford a
> $2500 lens, though  I enjoy reading about the advances in these
> systems.  Do any of you recall the days when a Leica was only a
> dream for you?
> Because I'm on a budget, my SLR is a Pentax Spotmatic SP, for which
> I have an SMC Takumar 55mm 1.8, a great lens,  a Soligar 35mm 2.0
> Retrofocus, and a Hanimex 135mm 2.8.  The 35mm will focus down to 1
> ft.  I also have a Soligar 2X Converter, which, when used with the
> three lenses,  gives me a wide selection of focal lengths.  This
> combination is exceptionally good with the 35mm, since it provides a
> 70mm, close functioning combination.
> My question is this.  How much does the use of the doubler impair
> the quality of the image?  To my eyes, I see very little degradation
> from the images I make with a lens alone.  I don't have the
> equipment to study large enlargements, so I thought I would turn to
> some of you for your thoughts.
> Jim Nichols
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