Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2014/03/11

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Subject: [Leica] Is it just me, or are these new Leica lenses a huge step up?
From: richard at (Richard Man)
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:47:19 -0700
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It depends, do you need "logical" reasons to just have spent $10K+?

If so, YES, they are so much better than the inferior glass of the old,
it's not even funny. They are the epitome of design and manufacturing,
taking advantages of the latest computer technology and the genius of the
Leica designers drawing upon 100 years of experience, plus the best glass
types that the world has ever seen.

However, if you do not need to justify anything, then they are great glass
and surely won't make more than 5% difference by objective measures.

On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM, Jim Laurel (gmail) <jplaurel at>wrote:

> I went to the trouble of having my old Leica lenses coded, but have also
> picked up a few new ones, including the floating element 35mm Summilux
> ASPH, the 50mm Summilux ASPH and, most recently, the 18mm Super Elmar. I
> think I'm going to sell all my old ones from the 80s and 90s. These three
> latest issues on the M240 are just fantastic. For some reason, I'm just
> missing focus less often with the 35 and 50 than my old 35 Summilux ASPH
> and Summicron 50.
> The only one I'm thinking of replacing next is the 90mm Elmarit with the
> new 90mm Summarit. But the Elmarit has served me so well for almost 20
> years that I wonder what more the Summarit might have to offer.
> --Jim
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