Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/05/29[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
I have only used three 90s: the 90/2.8 Tele-Elmarit-M "thin" version, the current 90/2.8 Elmarit-M and the current 90/2 APO-Summicron Asph. Both the current lenses are tack sharp wide open with strong resistance to flare. Very impressive lenses fully useable at any aperture with no compromise except for depth of field. I would highly recommend both of them but particularly the Summicron if you find yourself shooting indoors much. The Tele-Elmarit-M is a mixed bag. At the very least performance can vary considerably from sample to sample. Many complaints of internal fogging which is impossible to fix. Check out any lens carefully before you buy. Mine was clear and clean with performance typical for a long focus lens of the day: mostly pretty sharp except for noticeably softening when focused wide open and close. Unfortunately mine had a propensity to flare at the least provocation. Heck a bright blue sky in the frame, never-mind an actual point light source, would cause it to flare: very, very, very annoying. Others say their samples are fine; and, the person I sold mine to, inexpensively with full disclose and right of return, was happy with it. Go figure. John Collier On 29-May-05, at 7:04 AM, John O. Newell wrote: > I'm interested in your experience and opinions on how the various > 90mm Leica M lenses perform in terms of flare and internal > reflections. Some of my favorite shots have been taken with a > 100mm 2.8 APO Macro against the light, and the 100mm AME performs > extremely well under those circumstances. I'm interested in > comparative feedback on which 90mm lens(es) perform best when > pointed toward light sources?