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Subject: [Leica] PAW 40 dlridings
From: robertmeier at (Robert Meier)
Date: Sun Oct 5 14:01:16 2008
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That really does sound nice.   What I have always liked about my IIIf is the 
separate rangefinder, because it is so enlarged, it always lets me focus 
very precisely (and it doesn't have any ghosting the way the M6 rangefinder 
does).   I had a IIIg briefly last year that I got as part of a large group 
of Leica things.   I found it was so valuable that I couldn't afford to keep 


Thanks Jim and Robert. The IIIg, I really like it. I like having
framelines (miss them in the IIIf and use separate viewfinders instead
... looks dorky). The shutter is so smooth and quiet now, particularly
at slower speeds. It fires exactly when I want it to. It's an old
dream. I could never afford one 30 years ago.


I used the Jupiter-9 this week too, but I didn't scan any of them. I'm
not so sure I would call it soft. You have to hit the focus properly,
but when you do, it is a nice lens. It too has the Sonnar smoothness
that the Jupiter-8m has.

I used a Kiev. I think you might be right about finding a good one. In
my experience, they are all good, but if someone took one apart before
you got it and if they didn't know what they were doing, they can
re-assemble it incorrectly and then it is a bad one.

I've used a lot of FSU (former Soviet Union) lenses and I have never
run across a "dog". Maybe I'm lucky or maybe the bad ones have already
been tossed along the way-side. The Jupiter-12 is a dandy too.

Most of my experiences are with Kievs though. I do have a Jupiter-8 in
a leica screw mount and it is just fine.

The Jupiter-9 is big, along the lines of a Summicron 90 (not as long,
but just as big for all practical purposes).

Thanks for looking,

On Sun, Oct 5, 2008 at 8:58 PM, Lluis Ripoll <> 
> Daniel,
> I've enjoyed very much your pictures with old gear, as you know I'm also a
> passionated of the old gear.
> Your "new" Elmar shows a very good quality, clean and smooth contrast.
> It was very interesting for me to see your picture of your daughter with 
> the
> Jupiter 8, it gives very nice smooth tones and I'm particularly interested
> to see how these lenses perform, after I've read the Marc J. Small book 
> I'm
> tempted to test more lenses, I think particuarly interesting the Jupiter 9
> 2/85mm, I think is a nice soft lens, but it's no easy find a good quality
> one. I think that Jupiter 3 1,5/50 is a nice lens too. But I already own 
> the
> Elmar 4/90 and a superb Summitar.
> Thanks for showing
> Saludos cordiales
> Lluis
> El 05/10/2008, a las 15:55, Daniel Ridings escribi?:
>> The mention of the Kiev 4a prodded me to dig mine out of the closet
>> and take it with me to Odense this week. The whole week was more or
>> less just testing cameras since I got a IIIg, an M2 (new shutter), and
>> a 50/2.8 Elmar (LTM) back from getting cleaned up.
>> Daniel
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