Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/10/09

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Subject: [Leica] "Best" R-Series Lens
From: kapner at (Leonard J Kapner)
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2010 10:35:22 -0700

Hi Frank,

The lens in my bag now is the Leica APO-Elmarit-R 1:2.8/180mm, purchased new 
about 10 years ago. 

Previously I had the APO-Telyt-R f:3.4 that everyone on the LUG who owns one 
raves about. Just after purchase of the APO-Elmarit, I did a careful A:B 
comparison of both lenses and was more than satisfied with the signature of 
the newer lens, although there's no denying the earlier APO-Telyt was (and, 
I suppose, is) the better economic buy. Eventually, I sold the APO-Telyt.

Either lens is a wonderful short tele, in my opinion. If, like me, you 
prefer to shoot the slower transparency films like Kodak E100VS or Fuji 
Velvia 100, you may find circumstances (particularly off-tripod) where you 
need and want the extra light gathering the 2.8 affords. Or if bulk and cost 
is no object, get the Summicron!

In retrospect, although I really like the APO-Elmarit, if I hadn't bought 
it, I believe the APO-Telyt would still be serving me well for my intended 

I hope this is a helpful answer to your question, Frank.



On Oct 9, 2010, at 9:37 AM, Frank wrote:

> From: red735i at
> Date: October 8, 2010 11:29:03 PM PDT
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] "Best" R-Series Lenses?
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Which 180?
> Frank, not too familiar with R lenses...