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I am sorry to hear this. There are a few of us on this forum, who have near perfect 35 ASPH Summiluxes. Mine is set up with a touch of front focus at f1.4 and 2 meters, so that the focus fields are split about 50/50 rather than the classical 33 behind and 66 in front. There is a very small amount of aperture shift but only to the extent that the focus fields change to 33 behind and 66 in front. I posted test shots in an earlier thread to prove my point. Like many of the good ones it is chrome/brass not black/aluminium with the attendant downside of a considerable increase in the already high weight. I cannot understand why Leica can only make the occasional near perfect one, unless the ideal set up requires smaller tolerances than it is possible to adjust to. It casts some doubt on the reasoning in the article that Leica quoted and the earlier article in LFI magazine.

 

Wilson

 

 

Wilson

 

Thank you for your input. Your set up is what I am thinking about as it should maximize the usability of the lens. I emailed Don at DAG and was told that he could shift the focus forward slightly and that would be all he could do with the lens. He also said that I should not see the focus issue with films. I might send my lens to him or keep it on my film Ms permanently. Still debating... In the meantime, I will enjoy that fantastic lens with my film Ms:)

 

mashu

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Gene, you got my attention there! I went from a past with CL, M4-2, R5, M6HM and M7 to Canon 20 D and back to M8. See my on website why. But no regrets with the 20D and it is not out the door. Its 17-55/2.8 EF is very good, and already in 2005 the camera shone in low light conditions. However the combo is huge, and that is why I am happy to be back with M.

 

Sander,

 

I just cannot seem to do well with Canon cameras. They just do not fit well with my style, I guess. My R8 and DMR will be back from Leica NJ on Tuesday after getting properly mated to each other. It is a big package but it operates so easily and without complication, and the pics are great. The perfect compliment to my M8.

 

As for the 20D, I may give it to a grand daughter or just sell it and put the money toward a new lens or something. ;-)

 

Gene

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I had rather questionable service experience with LeicaUSA/NJ back in the 90's when I had a cafe latte spill into my camera bag onto a 90 Summicron lens with lens cover on. Even that small amount worked its way into the lens causing a terrible fog. It took Leica NJ a couple of months to figure out that they had to send it back to I think Wetzlar back then for disassembly, cleaning and reassembly. If I can remember, I think they only charged me for the shipping to and from Germany because it took them 6 months+ for them to do so. I thought that was commendable.

 

Most recently, I had my fairly new 21 Elmarit crap out and seize during a shoot, where I had sent it in to NJ. Then a week after, I shot a wedding reception where the green blobs and fluorecsing color pixels showed up on my photographs. After calling Leica/NJ, I emailed some of the many picture files to Mark Brady and Peter Sames with these artifacts. They determined that I should return the M8 for sensor replacement. Coincidentally my appointment for the upgrade was to come up in the month of March, but had not been contacted to precisely what day. I explained to them that I have scheduled projects that I will be using my equipment and to see if they could get my 21mm lens that was already there and the M8 done and returned to me in order that I could meet my obligations. I also requested that the upgrade be done at the same time to eleviate a second down period. Dave Ewell who I spoke with,as the manager of the service department in NJ made the necessary arrangements and I got everything done and back within 2-1/2 weeks.

 

I couldn't get them to toss in the vulcanite, but they were able to expedite the work demonstrating that they are more than willing to work with those who are depending on their equipment to generate revenue.

 

A copy of the Leica Service mail-in survey accompanied the lens and body where I will be filling completing it after I have a chance to shoot a project or two.

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