Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/07/19

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Subject: [Leica] I'VE GOT A HOT ONE!!!
From: r.s.taylor at (Richard Taylor)
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:56:48 -0400
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Ah, Spiratone...  ... brings back old memories.  Weren't they the first to 
offer a cheap but well performing zoom lens?  It was a push-pull, I think.  
I also bought a 400 mm tele from them for my Pentax Spotmatic that I used on 
my two trips to Kenya.  

Oh, *really* nice picture, too, BTW. 


On Jul 18, 2010, at 1:28 PM, Roger Rubin wrote:

> Hi All:
> No...I am not talking about the young lady in the image- Let me tell a 
> short
> story- Once upon a time- there was this wonderful accessory business in New
> York, on Seventh Avenue, called: *Spiratone*. The owner was a man named 
> Fred
> Spira who imported accessories from Japan. This was before China could do
> anything but spout anti-US propoganda. In any event, Spiratone (you can see
> their ads in old issues of Pop Photo) sold fabulous accessories from 
> filters
> to lenses to gadget bags. I remember buying a gadget bag which when stood 
> on
> end was half my height. In any event, I bougt an enlarging lens there with
> the Spiratone brand on it. It was a "hot lens". When I made prints I could
> count the hair on a person's head. It was better than a later EL NIKKOR. 
> The
> lens was lost in a move sometime later, but I never forgot the fact that
> sometimes even in a production run, you have certain products that are
> better than others. I feel that way about the lens that took the annexed
> image. I took the image yesterday at street fair in NY, and it is a Lumix
> 45-200 zoom. I am stunned at the results, much as I was when I saw the
> results of the "Naked Cowgirl" which I posted last week. I cannot recommend
> this lens highy enough. Of course I feel that I received a "hot item" -The
> results speak for themselves.
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