Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/10/20

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Subject: [Leica] Recent Leica 90/2.8 - Seeking Comments and Advice
From: telyt at (
Date: Wed Oct 20 15:29:33 2004

Dan Colucci <> wrote:

> Ted - I am a collector of cameras and lenses as well as a long time 
> amateur photographer....lenses can (and do) give a certain flavor to 
> images...
> see one of my favorite pix of my niece here
> the way this lens behaves is to my liking...not all lenses would produce 
> the same result
>thus wrote Ted Grant:
>> I find comments like yours and those of others when describing the look 
>> of a lens as quite interesting, as it never occurred to me to consider 
>> the effect you folks see as making a successful photographic moment. I 
>> suppose it's the subject some shoot where this Creamy effect is more 
>> important than to those of us who work as photojournalists.

Likewise the pre-APO 90mm Summicron-R gives me a 'look' that's very
suitable for portraits that I don't get with a more modern lens like the
100mm APO.  A couple of years ago on one list I contemplated out loud the
option of replacing the 90 'cron with 80 'lux, since I had just purchased
the 100 APO and the 90's aperture and focal lenght are so close to the 100
APO.  I was met with a flood of "DON'T DO IT, YOU'LL REGRET IT" responses
and if I'm not mistaken Ted was a member of the chorus.  Not that the 80
'lux is a bad lens, but because of the 90 'cron's uniquely beautiful
'fingerprint'.  Even now the 90 is the lens I'll pick for family portraits
because of its 'fingerprint'.

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento

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