Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/10/13

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Subject: [Leica] Epson RD-1
From: frank.dernie at (FRANK DERNIE)
Date: Wed Oct 13 08:49:00 2004

I don't know about the FD L 400f2.8 but I have a 300
f2.8L Canon lens which has to be used with a convertor
on my digi EOS10D. It produces better results than my
Leica 280 f2.8 to the extent that I sent the Leica
lens in for a service. It came back from Germany
fitted with a ROM chip and certified to be performing
to specification but it is clearly not superior to the
Canon. Whilst my Leica lenses in the normal range may
be better than the Canons and the latest modular
lenses may be too the 280 f2.8 I have is not - though
it is still excellent.
--- Douglas Herr <> wrote: 
> "Douglas M. Sharp" <>
> wrote:
> > I got the Canon as an ALTERNATIVE platform for my
> Leica
> > lenses. It may just be a digital "intermezzo".
> This is an excellent way to try out something new -
> I do this often as well.  I've been hampered by
> dim-light conditions for years so I recently
> purchased a 400mm f/2.8 lens.  Either Leica lens -
> modular or pre-modular - is well out of my price
> range so I bought a well-used Canon FD L lens
> (delivery expected shortly).  I'm not expecting it
> to match an APO-Telyt's performance but it ought to
> be pretty good and allows me to try a 400/2.8
> without spending the big bucks.  Later, if a 400/2.8
> proves to be productive I might be able to justify
> an APO-Telyt.
> I did the same thing with 280mm lenses.  I tried a
> few good affordable lenses before spending the big
> bucks on the 280 f/4 APO.
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento
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