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Subject: [Leica] 90mm M Lenses: Which is Most Resistant to Flare & Reflection?
From: Grduprey at (
Date: Mon May 30 21:15:35 2005

In a message dated 5/29/2005 9:24:00 AM Central Daylight Time, writes:
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.

I have this lens and when I got it the lens had falre as described, but I 
Sherry do a CLA on it and it is now much better.  It still will flare 
occasionally, but it is now usable for most shooting, and gives very nice 


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