Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/07/06

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Subject: [Leica] Elmarit vs. Anything Cheaper, or is this a good buy?
From: saganicc at MSKCC.ORG (Saganich, Christopher/Medical Physics)
Date: Tue Jul 6 11:08:21 2004

If space/weight isn't an issue and budget is, you can find an old large 
summicron 90 in the 400-600 range, or a older Elmarit/2.8, or a thin TE/2.8. 
 If you're a slave to numbers and test results, then you better get the 
newer Elmarit M 90, which is being discontinued I believe.

Chris Saganich

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Jeff 
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 1:38 PM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: [Leica] Elmarit vs. Anything Cheaper, or is this a good buy?

I?ve the opportunity to buy a nearly unused late model (last couple of
years) 90mm Elmarit for about $950. The lens is in nearly new shape.

Here?s the rub. I?m used to the focal length by way of the J-9 on a Contax.
I?ve only a 50mm and 35mm for my M-6, and I?d like to get a longer lens
before I go on vacation.

If the lens is in the almost completely unused condition, would many on the
group pay $950 for a black Elmarit based on the extraordinary optical
performance? To be honest, I?m a bit strapped for the purchase of the M-6. I
don?t mind getting older lenses if they?ll perform reasonably for the money
(and am considering just going to a Hektor for the tight shots for the

I?m not going to monkey with a J-9 LTM lens, I?ve heard too many nightmares
with focusing and other issues.


(or should I have searched the archives?)

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