Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/02/20

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Leica going belly up
From: Frank.Dernie at (Frank Dernie)
Date: Sun Feb 20 11:28:08 2005
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My Canon 300 f2.8 is clearly better than my 280 f2.8 Leica. When i 
first saw this I sent my 280 back to leica for a clean, expecting haze 
on elements to be the cause. It was no better when it came home despite 
being given a clear bill of health by Leica. The other Leica lenses I 
own are equally clearly superior to the equivalent Canon offering.

On 20 Feb, 2005, at 14:36, Doug Herr wrote:

> on 2/19/05 10:28 PM, at wrote:
>> As to those who worry about advances in optics and so forth, I'll
>> put images from my old lenses up against yours any day -- they ALL 
>> damn good,
>> the new ones are just a little bit gooder.
> 25 years ago fast internal-focus long lenses were very scarce and none 
> were
> made for Leica reflexes.  As far as results on film are concerned the 
> f/6.8
> Telyts have little to be ashamed of but in light that requires 1/60 
> sec @
> f/2.8 one of the newer lenses like the 280 f/2.8, 400 f/2.8 or a 
> modular
> Telyt has distinct advantages.  None of these existed 25 years ago and 
> the
> competition's comparable lenses are not equal to the Leica lens'
> performance.  Some have gotten very close in just the last few years 
> but the
> Leica lenses shine like no others.  There's no telling what optical 
> advances
> we'll see in the next few decades but I sure as hell want to put them 
> on my
> Leica reflexes.
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento
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