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Vario - Elmar - R f4.5 / 75-200 lens

Mickey Turner , Jan 14, 2006; 08:10 a.m.

Hi All,

Just wondering if anyone out there is using the Leica 75-200 f4.5 Vario - Elmar zoom lens. I have just purchased one in mint condition for a few hundred aussie dollars.

How does it compare to other Leica zooms ? The lens states it was made in Japan. Not sure if this means anything or not. It feels very nice on my R7 but I'll have to wait for my trannies to come back from the lab to see how it goes.

I have to say it feels quite strange pushing the lens out to the 75mm end and pulling in to the 200mm end. Seems to be the opposite of my nikon 80-200 f2.8.

MickT

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Vivek . , Jan 14, 2006; 09:31 a.m.

Fabulous optics. Made in Japan by Minolta for Leitz.

Use f/8 - f/11 for good results. Color fidelity is simply superb.

Douglas Herr , Jan 14, 2006; 10:29 a.m.

Excellent flare resistance. Beware of bokeh at least at the short end. Elpro 3 or 4 work well for closer focus.

Rob F. , Jan 14, 2006; 10:54 a.m.

"I have to say it feels quite strange pushing the lens out to the 75mm end and pulling in to the 200mm end."

--I can relate to that! It really feels counter-intuitive, doesn't it? I have this reaction to a 28-85 Nikkor, or any other lens, that is long and bulky at the wide-angle setting. My hands and brain expect a wide lens to be short, and telephotos to be long!

I don't the lens you just bought, but everyone says they are great. There was a succession of three zooms in that range, all from Minolta, and they are all well regarded. First was the 80-200 f/4.5, followed by the 75-200 f/4.5; and then the 70-210 f/4.

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