Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/06/03

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Subject: [Leica] Ultron 1.9/28
From: s.dimitrov at (Slobodan Dimitrov)
Date: Sat Jun 3 18:20:26 2006
References: <018e01c6876e$df621fe0$65caa8c0@shulman>

The only issue I've had with CV lenses has been their tendency to  
flare in the highlight, and that their contrast reminds me of Nikon  
glass of the 60's and 70's. Considering that their current 40mm SC is  
meant to replicate that particular tonality from that very era, it's  
not too surprising for their other lenses to share that similarity.  
On it's own merit, there is nothing wrong with that.
I went with Leica glass for a coolness in tonality, and a clarity,  
that very few other optics have. I'm a lazy printer. Leica negs,  
along with other high end German optics, are plain lay downs in the  
darkroom. If I can crank out exhibition grade prints in a couple of  
days from those kind of negs, why should I spend days on end in the  
darkroom with negs made with inferior products. If it's money or  
time, I'd rather spend the money to save the time.
But, I have to say that the 28mm Color-Skopar is one sweet lens. It  
doesn't flare in the manner that the f1.9 is prone to. And yes, I've  
owned both.

Slobodan Dimitrov
Studio G-8,
Angels Gate Cultural Center

On Jun 3, 2006, at 5:36 PM, Jim Shulman wrote:

> I second that--sold Robert his lens.  My transparencies were great  
> (but I
> didn't use the focal length enough to warrant keeping the lens.)
> Jim Shulman
> Bryn Mawr, PA
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of  
> Robert
> Clark
> Sent: Saturday, June 03, 2006 8:34 PM
> To: Leica Users Group
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Ultron 1.9/28
> Arche:
> I have the lens and use it with my M6TTL.  I have used it  
> extensively in the
> past year and like it very much.  Previously, I had a third version  
> 28mm
> Elmarit and when I compared the images, I could not tell the  
> difference so I
> sold it.  I believe there are some websites (maybe Tom Abramsson's  
> or Steve
> Gandy @ Cameraquest) that have analyzed the performance of the CV  
> 28mm and
> they have basically concluded that it produces images comparable to  
> the
> current version Leica 28 Elmarit and the 28 Summicron.  For the  
> difference
> in money...if you want 28mm, it's a great performer at a great price.
> Robert Clark
> Lancaster, PA
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Arche, Harvey" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Saturday, June 03, 2006 1:00 PM
> Subject: [Leica] Ultron 1.9/28
>> CV Ultron1.9/28
>> Looking through the archives, there is remarkably little  
>> discussion of
>> this lens. I've read Erwin's review; anybody have any more practical
>> experiences to relate, or links to images, or favorite 28's?
>> Arche
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