Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/08/13

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Subject: [Leica] Lens advice, too pretty to use?
From: hoppyman at (G Hopkinson)
Date: Sun Aug 13 19:58:01 2006

Thanks Jeffery.
It sounds like it was both good value then and a lens that I can use with a
clear conscience. Perfect. I still can't bring myself to mount it on the
camera just yet! It's awfully pretty, but 2.7 times too long to appeal to
The initial shots from the earlier Elmar M look promising, though.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Jeffery Smith
Sent: Monday, 14 August 2006 12:25
To: 'Leica Users Group'
Subject: RE: [Leica] Lens advice, too pretty to use?

Here in the US, you can get an "Excellent" grade lens like that from our
most conservative seller (KEH, whose "Good" lenses look more like "Mint" to
me) for about $500. The 135/4 Tele-Elmar is, as you mentioned, not the most
coveted of Leica lenses (ranking right up there with the 50/1.5 Summarit).
If you got it for about $500, use it. You may grow old looking for a
collector who wants to show off his mint 135/4 at a Leica convention. ;-)

Jeffery Smith
New Orleans, LA

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of G
Sent: Sunday, August 13, 2006 9:11 PM
To: 'Leica Users Group'
Subject: [Leica] Lens advice, too pretty to use?

Folks, I've recently shopped for an M mount 135 to use and ended up with a
lovely old 1960 Elmar M in fine condition and it has tested well.

However, I have just received a second lens. This is the Tele Elmar f4 135
(Wetzlar) from about 1975 production, I think.  #2756xxx.

I bought it because I read good reports on their performance. I know that
135s are not hugely popular but it makes sense to me.

(I have a 90 that I like very much and use a lot)


Anyway, I've found that the lens is actually new in the original box with
the accessories, the original warranty card and even the original serial
numbered plastic bag (opened).

There is no sign at all that the lens has ever even been on a camera. The
seller previously had a Leitz agency, apparently. I got a lovely near mint
leather bag from him as well.


I'm a user and have no collector knowledge at all. Do the LUG members think
it worthwhile to just leave this one unused, as possibly of some collector

Any advice would be appreciated. Feel free to tell me to just use it, if you
think it's just a common find.




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