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Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" Discussions about the Leica M8 /M 8.2 / M9 / M9-P/ M-E / M Monochrom / M10 aka "M": Leica digital M mount rangefinder cameras. Naming the new digital M the "Leica M" is VERY unfortunate as it will only confuse newbies with other Leica M cameras of the the past. Happily there is room for confusion with only the past 59 years of Leica M production ... since Leica introduced the Leica M system in 1953. All Hail for the Leica Marketing Department learning Leica M history!

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Old 01-05-2011   #1
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Smile 135 F4 lens

Just got the Leica 135 F4 lens from the 1970's instead of the new 135 F3.4 lens. And love it. It is small, compact, easy to use and inexpensive. Compared to over $3,000. the $450 or so I paid for it was a bargain. Anyone else have this experience??
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Old 01-05-2011   #2
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Not a surprise. Telephoto (or rather long-focus) lenses are relatively easy to make (compared to wide-angles, for example). I think the only real advances since the '70s have been better coatings & improved color correction (apochromatic/APO).

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Just got the Leica 135 F4 lens from the 1970's instead of the new 135 F3.4 lens. And love it. It is small, compact, easy to use and inexpensive. Compared to over $3,000. the $450 or so I paid for it was a bargain. Anyone else have this experience??
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The 135mm Tele-Elmar f4 is a real gem and a true bargain . I got mine for < $300 from a fellow Rff'er and I'm very pleased with its performance, especially wide open. I use the lens mainly on my M3, and also occasionally on my Lumix M4/3 cameras.
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Old 01-05-2011   #4
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Another for the Tele-Elmar thread?

I quite like this lens, beautiful OOF rendition.
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Old 01-06-2011   #5
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The 135 APO-Telyt was one of the new-generation lenses I sold because the incremental performance advantage wasn't worth the cost to me. My only regret is that I sold all of those newfangled lenses before the prices went ballistic I got my Tele-Elmar for $265 in "Bargain" grade from KEH, and even a conservative grader like myself would rate it mint minus. Best buck bang in my Leica assortment. Another huge advantage to the lens is that the optical cell unscrews and fits on a short focusing mount for the Visoflex. That coupled with an M-Visoflex to Leica R adapter and an R to EOS adapter lets me use it on my Canon DSLR's too.
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The 135mm Tele-Elmar f4 is a real gem and a true bargain . I got mine for < $300 from a fellow Rff'er and I'm very pleased with its performance, especially wide open. I use the lens mainly on my M3, and also occasionally on my Lumix M4/3 cameras.
Hey Warren, glad it's going well ... agree, great lens, I miss it!
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I have both the Tele Elmarit with eyes and the more compact Canon Serenar 135/3.5. Both excellent lenses. I would love to add the Tele-Elmar. Someday...
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The Russian (all right, Ukrainian) 135mm, a copy of a pre-WW2 Zeiss design, is astonishingly good. As Furcafe says, long, slow lenses ain't hard to make.

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