[LRflex] Re: Leica R lens 28-70mm zoom ?

  • From: William Abbott <wbabbott3@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: leicareflex@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2007 17:06:58 -0800

On Dec 1, 2007, at 3:19 PM, M7 wrote:

My firsthand experience, having owned the Kyocera-made 28-70 and the "German" 35-70 f3.5, and the 35-70 4.0, used for handheld shooting and still lifes with tripod - the Kyocera-made 35-70 f4.0 is noticeably better than the 28-70 and previous 35-70. It's the only one that has a permanent spot in my camera bag anymore. Color rendition is excellent on all of them, but the 35-70 is sharper and contrastier by a noticeable amount even with my handheld photos.


On Nov 30, 2007, at 11:23 AM, Steve Barbour wrote:

Does anyone know this lens, and it's quality especially compared to the 35-70 R zoom?
thanks, Steve


Here is another view. I had a Minolta/Leica f3.5 35-70mm for several years and the polarizer rotation was a bother, so when I could, I traded up to the f4 35-70mm, which I used for many years and loved. It was my standard walking around lens with an R7 and then a DMR. Like a fool, I traded it for one of the new 28-90mm zooms thinking the additional focal lengths would be helpful, and they were, somewhat, but not all that much to me. A few steps closer or backwards would accomplish the same thing.

However, I don't enjoy the ergonomics of the 28-90mm at all; it seems too big and clumsy on the DMR/R9 for my tastes. I fully understand and agree that it is a wonderful, superb lens, a masterpiece of design and manufacturing, and that many users love it, etc. but it is not my cup of tea. I am about to go back to an f4 35-70mm.

It is simply a matter personal preference, how the camera with the lens fits and feels in my hand and hanging on my shoulder or around my neck, and has nothing to do with image quality. At my age, and with my needs, the f4 will do just fine.

Some things just feel right, and some things don't. That's my 2 cents worth.

All the best,


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