Leica 2x APO Extender

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by debby_dion, Jul 21, 1999.

  1. Own a Leica R7, considering purchase of Leica R 2x APO extender. Have
    old 135mmR 2.8, 50mmR 2.0, and 35-70mmR 3.5 lenses so far. Anyone have
    any feedback, info., comments on Leica's 2x extender. Anyone use one?
    Appreciate any advice. Don't know too many Leica R users. (I also own
    an M6 which is quickly becoming my camera of choice except for closeup
    and dista
     
  2. rowlett

    rowlett Moderator

    I have the Extender-R 2X (non APO) and I love it. I'd be pretty sure
    that the APO version is at least twice as good!
     
  3. Debbie
    I read with interest your comments about the M6 gradually becoming
    your first choice camera.
    Up until last year I was running both R & M cameras and eventually
    decided to sell all my R equipment since I was hardly ever using it.
    The M6 was the camera I was using all the time, however the
    capability I missed with the R series was for close-up work.
    To give me some close-up capability with the M6 I purchased a Leitz
    copying stand code name "beoon" or code No 16511.This is used with
    the 50mm Summicron and gives close-up ratios of 1:1, 1:1.5,1:2 & 1:3.
    I read about this Leitz equipment from an interesting article in the
    LHSA. It will never replace the full close-up capability of the R
    series but I have found this equipment really usefull and it is
    available at reasonable prices second hand.
     
  4. Debby

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    The 2x Apo ?

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    Sounds like you are planning on owning Apo lenses in the future. A
    little pricey but a solid performer if coupled with an Apo lens. I
    use it with 70-180 Apo zoom, and the combination is sharp as heck
    (picture wise and not look wise.) I can make out very sharp and
    brightly a woodpecker perched on a tree branch across the street at
    max setting with the doubler.

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    But the combination is very heavy on the wrist, just can't be
    handheld anymore, you gonna need at minimum a monopod with a fast
    film (at 360 mm (2x180) the minimum required shutter speed is 500th
    to 1000th of a sec. with a heavy and steady tripod's help.)

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    I also use M6 for handheld candids, but so far I can't get rid of the
    R system because their lenses ar very compelling for my purposes. My
    other R lens is the 15 mm super wide job. Whew what a sight, with it
    I can focus down to an inch in front of the glass and still looking
    at the scenes clear and yes ... super wide. It's so funky and a blast.

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    Good luck to you.
     
  5. The 2x extender is a great piece of equipment. I've used it with
    everything from 24mm to 70-21 Zoom and it works well with everything.
    A really excellent piece of Leitz glass. Don't worry about the APO
    unless you are desperate for Colour accuracy.
     

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