3570 mm f 4 any experiences

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Yesterday i saw a used 35-70 / 4
for 650 Euros in a shop. It seemed to bee in a good condition. I m thinking about buying it.
Is the quality similar to lenses like the 35/2 or 50/2 ?? Has anybody these lenses at home and checked it out ?
 
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>This is a very good lens. Much better than the 28-70. The 35-70 is fully usuable at full aperture. I don't have the prime lenses but according to Erwin Puts this lens at full aperture is as good as the prime lenses at 4.0
 
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Dear Martin,

I have all three lenses and only use the prime focal lengths in preference to the 1:4/35-70 Vario-Elmar-R when I need the speed.

At f/5,6 the Vario-Elmar-R is stunning, I suspect Apo quality.

The only concern I have had, and I would have this check being a second-hand lens, is the lens centreing. It was sent back to Solms and fixed under warranty.

Other wise a fantastice lens.

All the best.

Justin
 
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Dears, it's my most favourite leica lens, excellent optical quality w/ macro feature. Frankly speaking, the color tone is quite different from my prime lens, more satuated like those from contax or olympus. Everyone won't be disappointed ...
 
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Hello friends, just got on this forum for the first time. I recently traded my M equipment (too much difficulty focusing because of aging eyesight) for a R6, with 50 'Cron and older 28 Elmarit. My questions concern the focusing screen:

1) - It looks a bit dark to me. It's the matte (I think) with grid lines. How can I remove it, and then clean it? Do I need special tweezers?
2) - What would be the clearer screen you would recommend? I don't like the microprism-split-image kind.
3) - What about Beattie screens? Would I have to recalibrate the meter?

Thank you.
 
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I have used the 35-70/4 since it was released, and it is a very good lens. I sold an Angenieux 2.5/35-70 when I bought the Leica lens, and the Leica is clearly superior. I doubt one will notice any difference to the prime lenses, in fact the 35-70 zoom is probably better at 35 mm than the 35/2. I have recently bought a 35-70/2.8 which is absolutely stunning, but it is twice the weight and the volume of the f4, and I have not yet quite made up my mind if I will sell that one or not.
 
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> I switched from the latest 28-70 to the 35-70. The 28-70 is not Leica quality in my opinion. Especially distortion at 28 is too high. Also the full opening is not very usable. The 35-70 however is very good. also the full opening is totaly usable. To compensate for the 28 I aquired a 24 which is also very good.

Best regards,

Michiel Fokkema
 
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Although I don't know the exact prices, the 35 - 70 probably costs considerably less than 35, 50 75 primes. Would the differences in slides be discernible to my amatuer eye? Should I save until I can afford the three primes? Or will I be reasonably happy with the shots produced bythis zoom?

All advice appreciated. As I stated, I'm an amateur.
 
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Dear William,

I have the 1:4/35-70 Vario-Elmar-R as well as the 1:2/35 Summicron-R and 1:2/50 Summicron-R.

In practice with projection of 80X magnification and prints of 15X magnification I cannot detect and difference.

I keep the prime lenses in reserve when the wider apertures are needed.

My suggestion is buy the Vario-Elmar-R and only consider the primes if necessary. Recently my family and I spent six weeks in Europe and shot nearly fifty rolls of Provia 100 with the Vario lens. In my pocket I had the Minilux with Provia 400 for low light situations. For once I never felt the need for anything else.

Best of luck.

Justin
 
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i just bought the 35-70 F4 as I am also about to go to Europe for a holiday. It will save me from taking my 28mm and 60mm macro and should be an ideal travelling lens. This is a great thread for me as I'm only putting my first film through on this new lens.

I hope my 19mm, the 35-70 and my 80-200 F4 should be perfect for all occassions.
 
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Dear David,

Take a table tripod or monopod particularly for the 1:4/80-200. A lot of my shots at 200mm even with 1/500 shutter speed are not sharp on large projection.

If you intend to take action or interior shots, I cannot recommend the Minilux more highly. Mine is black, and with tape over the name I was able to take my best shots. After a C&ari or two I thought I was HCB !

Have fun.

Justin
 
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Thanks Justin,

Tape over the name??

I thought with the F4's (especially the 80-200, I agree!!) that i would use faster 400 film. i am hoping to carry as little as possible.

what do you think?

David (sorry if I'm getting off the 35-70 topic)
 
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David,

I do not like the name Leica so obvious on the front of cameras. They are an expensive camera and feel it invites theft if nothing else. Black electrician's tape blends cut to size blends nicely with the black chrome on the R7 and Minilux.

The problems with 400 film is in direct sunlight. All the 400 trany films in my opinion irrespective of brand are low contrast.

Shoot some different films before you leave home.

Also with airline security these days I used the lead lined film bags from Hama. A lot of people are buying film when they arrive and having it processed before climbing back on the plane.

Justin
 
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>The last time I spent taking photographs in an English summer, I needed a >faster lens than f4, (I was using my Angenieux 70-210 zoom) or a faster >film than ASA 100. Maybe parts of Europe (Italy, Greece??) are different. >I've been experimenting with the Fujifilm Superia X-tra 800 for low light; >it's quite impressive. (but of course not everyone likes print film as I >do) There's an image on my web site shot with a Super-Takumar 85mm f1.9 >which is my fastest short telephoto lens.
 
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I don't use transparencies either and had been planning on using Fuji NPH 400 to get the speed for my 1:4 35-70 - but you've all got me thinking.

How do i reach you web site Francis?

David
 
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Sorry David,

Thought you used slides, in which case NPH is a terrifice film and will solve the speed problem.

Nevertheless take a table-tripod. I was using one with 400 ISO fim and f/2,4 inside baroque churches in Austria.

Have a great trip.

Justin
 
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> The main problem of the Vario 35-70/4, is the almost impossibility to use a Polarizer with it.
 
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