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: rsphotoimages at (rsphoto's email)
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 09:34:50 -0700
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What Douglas sed.

Although is was a relatively short run, the Carl Zeiss Foundation of  
Japan/lKyocera/Contax/Zeiss GMBH party worked really well for  
thousands of serious photographers.

Even my little Contax T2 with the T* 38mm f2.8 produced some lovely  
"coffee table book-sized" landscapes that defied reason.

I'd put the 100 f2 (which was rumored to include APO glass) up against  
any other 35mm neg portrait lens out there.

And the 21mm f2.8 was virtually distortion-free and sharp to the  
edges.  All for a price, of course.

And come to think of it, I never had a lick of trouble with the RTS II  
or the RX bodies.

And the (bought used) T2 lasted nearly 12 years before the ceramic  
pressure plate cracked (during the Grand Canyon Trip - still puzzled  
about how/why that happened).

Do I now enjoy and love my R gear?  Hell, yes.


On Oct 7, 2009, at 1:29 AM, Douglas Sharp wrote:

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.


Mark Rabiner wrote:
>> Although I now shoot Leica R8 and 9, I previously shot a lot with the
>> Contax RX and RTSII.  The on-camera lens was always the Carl Zeiss
>> Planar 50/1.4.  Back then Carl Zeiss Germany and Japan used Schott
>> billets for their lens blanks.
> Except that there was no Carl no Germany you were shooting with a  
> Kyocera
> lens which is why it cost 200 bucks and not 2000.
> Mark William Rabiner
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