Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/07

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Subject: [Leica] Zeiss Normal 50mm f/2 Planar T* ZM
From: richard.lists at (Richard Man)
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 02:32:57 -0700
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I think it's not so much that people are knocking
Nikon/Canon/Olympus/Yashica/Zeiss/etc. but that a bunch of people must
have felt vindicated to "stick by Leica" all these years. They now
have a camera they can aspire to own. Sort of like the 2nd wind of a
once-champion :-), so some of them are a bit zealous in promoting
their views.

Anyone who think Zeiss cannot challenge Leica is off a bit. Lets for
argument sake that the Leica legendary build quality can hold up to
earthquake and firestorm. Big deal, get 4 Zeiss and you would still be
ahead. Use one to pound nails and you still have 3 to spare.

Of course I do own 3 of the finest Leica lens (the 35, 50, 75 'luxes) :-)

On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 1:29 AM, Douglas Sharp < at> 
> And what, pray, is so bad about Kyocera (aka Yashica) lenses?
> In a relation performance to price, they knocked the socks off quite a few
> of the bigger manufacturers.
> Their CY mount 2.8/55 Macro is close to being spectacular, and the 3.5/21mm
> is up there with the best. The 2.8/135 Zeiss (possibly Kyocera - not sure)
> is also a superb lens.
> Yashica's earlier fixed-lens RFs (GSN (1.7/45), 35 GX (1.7/40), etc.)
> delivered superb results, even wide open
> Why does everybody still knock Yashica? - I grew up with their SLRs
> (Electro-X, FR, FX-D) and Contax SLRs (RTS, 137MD) long before I got my
> first Leica and always got great results.
> Douglas

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