Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/03/21

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Subject: [Leica] Close-focusing with M's
From: len-1 at (Leonard Taupier)
Date: Fri Mar 21 13:09:04 2008
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Both my Noctilux and 75mm Summilux back focus. I had to adjust my  
rangefinder to make both lenses useable. The adjustment is to the  
infinity cam so all my lenses are fine up to around 100 feet. My  
Noctilux is dead on. The 135mm is now the problem lens. I don't  
really care. I have Nikon and Canon and Leica R for telephoto.

Good luck on your close-up search. Unfortunately since the M system  
has a close focus limit for all lenses, normal and wide angles will  
never get you close.


On Mar 21, 2008, at 3:50 PM, Tina Manley wrote:

> At 03:40 PM 3/21/2008, you wrote:
>> Tina,
>> For close focusing and magnification, without goggles, the 90mm  
>> macro- Elmar is the best. It focuses to .77M and gives a 1:6.7  
>> photo. If you
>> compare this to the 90mm summicron which focuses to only 1M and gives
>> a 1:9 photo.
>> Second best I would say is the 75mm Summicron. Focus to .7M and gives
>> 1:7 magnification. I would not use the 75mm Summilux close up with an
>> M8 because of the back focus issues with this lens.
>> Len
> Thanks, Len.  I'll look at the 90 macro-Elmar.  The new 90 macro  
> that I tried at the LHSA required goggles for close-up.  I haven't  
> had a problem with the 75 Summilux back focusing.  In fact, it's  
> probably my sharpest lens:
> I have had a problem with the Noctilux.  Even after sending it in  
> to have it matched with my M8, I still can't focus it.  I've given  
> up on it and am using my 35/1.4 the way I used to use the  
> Noctilux.  I was hoping to find a normal to wide lens that would  
> get a little closer.
> Thanks -
> Tina
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