NEVER NEVER NEVER sell that lens.... unless its to me..... ;)
That is a beautiful piece of glass. I'm sure you'll do beautiful things with it. :)
Found one for a paltry $11K on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Leica-R-Vari...item519c706bea
of course that you didn't get what I was taking about.
Just because if you want to keep a way to stay truly Leica (here it means to get yes Leica glass optically speaking) you have to go ZIG-ZAG.
I think I was already talking about that concept here at the forum.
What does it mean?L
ZIG-ZAG way is mainly based on the limitation of Epic/Scarlet design (already discussed here but also this design error could be changed in the next upgrade)
and it means that you have to make a certain compromise but anyway you would be able to swap between best Leica R and Leica M lenses in a second.
Before you would need Leica M mount from RED or SpaceCam Systems Inc. and FotoDiox Leica R to Leica M adaptor, also original from Leitz if you can still find it or any other third party similar adaptor.
This mixed lens line starts by focal length of 15mm presenting the best Leica lenses (R+M) and ends with 800mm.
The first step is called ZIG>>>Leica R:
15mm F2.8 ASPH Super-Elmarit-R
19mm F2.8 Elmarit-R (2nd Version, ROM)
21-35mm F3.5-4.0 ASPH Vario-Elmar-R ZOOM
28-90mm F2.8-4.5 ASPH Vario-Elmarit-R ZOOM
35mm F1.4 Summilux-R
35-70mm F2.8 ASPH Vario-Elmar-R ZOOM
The second step is called ZAG>>>Leica M:
50mm Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH (the best fastest FF35mm lens ever made)
50mm Leica Summilux-M 50mm ASPH (probably the best lens ever made)
75mm Leica Apo-Summicron-M 75mm ASPH
90mm Leica Apo-Summicron-M 90mm ASPH (probably the highest MTF lens ever made)
The third step is called ZIG (again)>>>Leica R:
70-180mm F2.8 Vario-APO-Elmarit-R ZOOM
80mm F1.4 Summilux-R
90mm F2.0 APO Summicron-R
100mm F2.8 APO-Macro-Elmarit-R
135mm F2.8 Elmarit-R
180mm F2.0 APO-Summicron-R
180mm F2.8 APO-Elmarit-R
180mm F3.4 APO-Telyt-R
280mm F2.8 APO-Telyt-R Module
400mm F2.8 APO-Telyt-R Module
560mm F5.6 APO-Telyt-R Module
800mm F5.6 APO-Telyt-R Module
Here this ZIG-ZAG-ZIG route means to switch between R and M lenses using R to M adaptor.
I suppose with Leica's zooms often being better than primes you would forgo a few primes here and there, but wouldn't you want the 24mm f/2.8 for consistent f/2.8 through the wide range?
The 28mm later verion is very very good, the 1st version is also good......
Now please, please can we stop discussion how good Leica glass is, the price continues to escalate and has gone up over 4 times in the last couple of years sine I've been buying it.
The sellers on Ebay are price gouging, do not buy from any of the guys that only list a BUY-IT-NOW, their prices are usually $500-$2000 higher than the lenses are worth. If you are patient and buy from a true auction listing, where buyers determine the final price you will save a bundle.
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