Vario - Elmar - R f4.5 / 75-200 lens

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by mickey_turner, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. Hi All,

    Just wondering if anyone out there is using the Leica 75-200 f4.5
    Vario - Elmar zoom lens. I have just purchased one in mint condition
    for a few hundred aussie dollars.

    How does it compare to other Leica zooms ? The lens states it was
    made in Japan. Not sure if this means anything or not. It feels very
    nice on my R7 but I'll have to wait for my trannies to come back
    from the lab to see how it goes.

    I have to say it feels quite strange pushing the lens out to the
    75mm end and pulling in to the 200mm end. Seems to be the opposite
    of my nikon 80-200 f2.8.

    MickT
     
  2. Fabulous optics. Made in Japan by Minolta for Leitz.

    Use f/8 - f/11 for good results. Color fidelity is simply superb.
     
  3. Excellent flare resistance. Beware of bokeh at least at the short end. Elpro 3 or 4 work well for closer focus.
     
  4. "I have to say it feels quite strange pushing the lens out to the 75mm end and pulling in to the 200mm end."

    --I can relate to that! It really feels counter-intuitive, doesn't it? I have this reaction to a 28-85 Nikkor, or any other lens, that is long and bulky at the wide-angle setting. My hands and brain expect a wide lens to be short, and telephotos to be long!

    I don't the lens you just bought, but everyone says they are great. There was a succession of three zooms in that range, all from Minolta, and they are all well regarded. First was the 80-200 f/4.5, followed by the 75-200 f/4.5; and then the 70-210 f/4.
     

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