Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/01/04

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Subject: [Leica] The Tele elmarit 135 Is So A Real Pooch of a Lens
From: michiel.fokkema at (Michiel Fokkema)
Date: Fri Jan 4 12:30:03 2008
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Thanks for all your reactions.
I can't imagine it is that bad.
I've read quit a few positive reactions on the net also.
Doug Herr for instance says it is a fine lens. Yes the tele elmar is better.
I was interested in the difference between version 1/2 and 3. I have a 
version 2 R lens and am hoping the version M 1/2 will be close.
I now have bought a version 1 for a very low price and hope it will 
serve its purpose. Otherwise it will make a fine paperweight:-)


Michiel Fokkema wrote:
> Well, if one considers a lens with exceedingly low contrast, soft edge 
> definition, and relatively low color separation to be "okay" then, yes, 
> the 135 f/2.8 is merely clumsy.  Make no mistake, in addition to these 
> issues regarding image quality, it is a big, heavy lens which is virtually 
> impossible to frame and a bitch...remember, I said it was a 
> focus, especially with those eyes.  One could call it "clumsy," but that 
> is being kind.
> Buzz
>> From: Raimo K <>
>> Date: 2008/01/04 Fri PM 01:13:24 CST
>> To: Leica Users Group <>
>> Subject: Re: [Leica] Tele elmarit 135...A eal Pooch of a Lens
>> Nah, quality-wise it is OK. Clumsy it is, that??s why I sold mine.
>> All the best!
>> Raimo K
>> Personal photography homepage at:
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Buzz Hausner" <>
>> To: "Leica Users Group" <>
>> Sent: Friday, January 04, 2008 1:21 AM
>> Subject: [Leica] Tele elmarit 135...A eal Pooch of a Lens
>>> They are all dogs.  If you really, really need that half stop more than 
>>> the
>>> f/3.4 Telyt, go for the third version.  In any case, good luck with 
>>> framing
>>> and focus and shoot with as contrasty a medium as is available because 
>>> the
>>> 135 f/2.8s were about as dull a lens as Leica ever made.  Trust me.  Bow
>>> wow.
>>>    Buzz
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