Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/07/17

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Subject: [Leica] How many 21mm Summilux users here? Are you all happy with the lens?
From: red735i at (red735i at
Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 06:13:15 -0700 (GMT-07:00)

It really is both a genius strategy as well as the only choice they have.

Having had a M8 for a while now, and hearing all the comments about rear 
focusing, front focusing and otherwise ill behaved focusing, there current 
strategy has been to make ASPH lenses with floating elements to correct lens 
focusing errors for digital sensors.  At least now you can get a real 
performance inmprovement for ths price of $5K per lens.

If only everything did not cost $5K ( or more) each.... the Sumarits and 
F3.4 lenses put aside.
If only the M9 were a few thou cheaper.......make that several thou.....


>no other camera company has to deal with used market like leica does. and i
>think this is one reason they keep coming up with the new version of the
>same lens to kill the old and attract the new. even going to the extreme and
>producing a 1.4 21 when the 2.8 was just excellent . 24/2.8 not good so now
>a 24/3.4..... this is a very unique situation. they are working really hard
>to make a dent in the used market, how do u think they are doing?