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    Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    I did a page with some story and test shots I thought I wanted to share, as this is such a rare lens. It's actually so rare I might sell it before I ruin the nice look of it, so if you feel affluent and want to preserve a nice mint lens, send me a message.

    But here's the pictures and stories about this lovely lens:
    http://www.overgaard.dk/leica_35-70_...arit-R_28.html

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    There are four or five of us here with that lens. It cant be that rare

    Robert

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    Quote Originally Posted by robsteve View Post
    There are four or five of us here with that lens. It cant be that rare

    Robert
    We are the rare ones ;-)

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    The 35-70 2.8, 21mm disatgon, 85mm summarex... rare, touted here and escalating prices.

    Reminds me of the story of the old woman who decides to try the market and gloms on a rare stock. Tells a broker "buy it for me"
    Well he never heard of it but tracks some down and buys it.
    Week later she says; "how is it doing?"
    "up quite a bit" he says --- so she says to buy more...

    This goes on for a while, and she buys more and it goes up

    up

    up.

    Then she says,

    "Well, maybe we should sell it now..?"

    and the broker says

    "...TO WHOM?"

    :-)

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    Quote Originally Posted by gogopix View Post
    "Well, maybe we should sell it now..?"

    and the broker says

    "...TO WHOM?"

    :-)
    To the R10 buyers This lens will be great on a full frame digital.

    Robert

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    I had the pleasure of owning one at one point
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    I've got one too. This is a lens that will be worthy of the R10 and a R11 if they make one. Pretty dang nice on canon bodies as well (you have to cut the mirror or remove the shroud - I cut the mirror). I sometimes think of selling my DMR but have a very hard time thinking about selling this lens.

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    Funny, it was pointed out by Justin in Sydney that they have so much sun and light there that f/4 will do nicely. Which to me explains how for example the Tri-Elmar-M can be a success. I could never use a f/4 lens here in cold and dark Scandinavia.

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    I can get you a cheap one if you want a spare.

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    Someone has to ask - define cheap?

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    Well i sold it to a dealer friend of mine down here who has sent it back to Solms to get it totally CLA'd - had a sticky point near infinity. Lens is not back yet - but should fetch $7K Aussie.

    Wasnt my cup of tea so to speak - too heavy for hand held use IMHO.

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    So about US$5000 (Yahoo Finance 1 US$=1.395 AU$)

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    Anyone remember what the list price was when it was sold from Leica?

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterA View Post
    Wasnt my cup of tea so to speak - too heavy for hand held use IMHO.

    That's funny you'd have such a different impression. This is not a heavy lens at all in my experience. It looks like it would be heavy but its not - this lens is super hand holdable IMHO. It's my favorite walk around lens since it also does macro very well.
    In fact its positively tiny compared to some of my Rollei lenses - some of which are 2kg.

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterA View Post
    Well i sold it to a dealer friend of mine down here who has sent it back to Solms to get it totally CLA'd - had a sticky point near infinity. Lens is not back yet - but should fetch $7K Aussie.

    Wasnt my cup of tea so to speak - too heavy for hand held use IMHO.
    I actually HAVE all the lenses I made fun of, but of them all, the 35-70 is the one I would keep if I could only have one. It is fairly well balanced on the R9/DMR and the files are really wonderful

    Victor

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    So about US$5000 (Yahoo Finance 1 US$=1.395 AU$)
    That seems like a bargain....

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    Well it is still in Solms as far as I know. Maybe the dealer who sells a lot on Ebay will figure he can get what you guys think it is worth. Me, I was happy to ditch about $50K worth of Leica R lenses a few months ago. Life is too short for me to store stuff waiting for Herr Kaufmann to maybe bring a full frame Leica out or not maybe this year or next or the one after..

    I am over the R fetish I used to have - happy to put an order in for an S2 system - knowing it will be a year or a year and half till it is out. Teh R system has more than paid for the S2 and lenses I am interested in already.

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    I had the pleasure of owning one at one point
    And I had the pleasure of buying it from you I like this lens so much yours was my backup copy but I recently traded one for some Rollei glass so am down to your LNIB copy which I have yet to take out of the box. Not selling it yet... but will consider a trade for a house on the water in Palm Beach.

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterA View Post
    Well it is still in Solms as far as I know. Maybe the dealer who sells a lot on Ebay will figure he can get what you guys think it is worth. Me, I was happy to ditch about $50K worth of Leica R lenses a few months ago. Life is too short for me to store stuff waiting for Herr Kaufmann to maybe bring a full frame Leica out or not maybe this year or next or the one after..

    I am over the R fetish I used to have - happy to put an order in for an S2 system - knowing it will be a year or a year and half till it is out. Teh R system has more than paid for the S2 and lenses I am interested in already.
    You're a smart man Peter... I'm still sitting with my R glass collection. Since I don't use it much I've stored it in a humidity controlled safe that I recently designed. I've bunched up shares of Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual and AIG along with some Charmin toilet tissue to absorb excess moisture.

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    Hmmmm David... I need to try that. No point wasting those papers. I might even throw in my 101K... since it lost its value from 401 to 101 too. With my luck the ink may be toxic and damage my fine pedigree R line.

    Robert.

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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    yeh, really sorry I kept those R lenses
    Heck even bought Woody's 105-280

    here, what 'Grammmm' does during a 5 yr olds' soccer game

    :-)

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    PS Straight from C1 to 900 pixel jpg
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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    Last weekend I used the 35-70mm to take some pictures of the kids in the yard. This is on of the neighbor's kids running through the frame as I take a picture to check for exposure.


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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    Robert
    Nice grab..
    Kids are growing!
    of course, we are on the second round with grand kids...

    Did you keep the 280mm?

    Regards
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    Re: Vario-Elmarit 35-70mm f/2.8 (only 200 were made)

    Quote Originally Posted by gogopix View Post
    Robert
    Nice grab..
    Kids are growing!
    of course, we are on the second round with grand kids...

    Did you keep the 280mm?

    Regards
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    I have had a couple 280mm F2.8 over the years, but sold the last one about six years ago. My only big APO tele is the 400mm f2.8. The 400mm lens is the one I am using in my Avatar.

    Robert

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