I have owned this lens for over ten years. Had it serviced at Solms a few years ago. On the recommendation of Erwin Puts bought the new 1:4/35-70 and cannot distinguish the difference. I am sure on an optical bench there is an improvement, however with 16"x24" prints or projected by a 100x factor it is identical.
With most of us printing at 16"x24" or smaller, does that mean it is advisable to buy older lenses at a lower price? Answer: It depends on the lens. Some of the older lenses I prefer. Some of the current are fabulous.
I dont know much about these lenses, but I beleive the 35-70 f/3.5 VarioElmar (updated version introduced c.1988)had E67 filter thread. The current version 35-70 f/4 VarioElmar has an E60 filter thread. I cant remember if either of these lenses were/are made in Japan for leica.
>Talking about lenses made in Japan, does anyone know the Sigma for Leica >APO 50-200mm f3.5-4.5? I was told that this lens was 'unauthorised' and >had to be withdrawn because Leitz threatened to go to Court.
If this is so, I wonder how Tamron are able to continue manufacturing their Leica ADAPTALL mount? (referred to in a recent post)
>Well, apart from the fact that I have the lens, and IMHO it's superior to >the Leitz zooms (which are now made by Sigma???) I can answer questions? I >believe it dates from the early 1970s and then was discontinued.
A question to clarify the discussion on the recent history of the Vario-Elmar 35-70. The f3.5 lens had an E60 filter thread and was fully made in Japan.
The lens mount was then redesigned (intro 1988) with the front barrel no longer rotating. (the optical system was not changed just the mount) As a result the filter thread size was increased to E67. This lens was made in Japan but assembled in Germany. Thus, engraved â€œGermanyâ€ instead of â€œJapanâ€.
The current (intro 1997) f4 35-70 Vario-Elmar has gone back to the E60 thread size. Is it also made in Japan but assembled in Germany?
Is this a correct summary of the Vario-Elmar 35-70?