Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/15

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Subject: [Leica] Canon 135/3.5 lens
From: dorysrus at (Don Dory)
Date: Wed Sep 15 08:33:28 2004

This is basically a Zeiss Sonnar 135 so most of the comments from that
lens apply as well.  Like most 30's designs wide open performance is a
little soft but by 5.6 you are getting fine detail in most of your
image.  As well with most thirties designs, flare can be an issue when
shooting into the light.  The lens is indeed made of heavy chrome plate
on solid brass so weight is a factor to consider.

Using it on a IIIf there is no problem with obstruction of the
viewfinder although focusing for a wide open shot is somewhat

Considering price, there is probably no better 135mm lens for a LTM
camera other than perhaps the 135 Nikkor which offers similar
performance and weight unless you find a late black version that has an
aluminum barrel.

If there is someone who sell the Russian Zeiss design 135's so returns
are easy this lens is much lighter, offers perhaps better performance as
the F4 design has not been stretched, and the coatings will be much
better than the Leitz designs for LTM.

If you can the Canon lens for the $100 range, why not just get one?
Even if you use it only once a year and then decide that longer focal
lengths are not your cup, you can sell the puppy for what you paid for
it.  These things are just about fully depreciated.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf
Of Kenneth Frazier
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 1:55 AM
To: Leica Group
Subject: [Leica] Canon 135/3.5 lens


Anybody had any experience with the Canon 135/3.5 LTM lens on a IIIf?


Ken Frazier
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