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Leica 135mm f/3.4 Apo Telyt M

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Overall 10
10

Great lens. Maybe not better than the old one.

DanTheMan, Amazon
14 September 2014
  • Summary: Just another great Lrica lens. Mechanically and optically it is phenomenal. Not sure if I like its overall performance better than the previous version. The older version only cost me $250 and its bokeh is more pleasing to me. This one may be slightly sharper away from the center at larger apertures. For the price, I'd go for the older version.
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Overall 10
10

A great, compact 135 mm lens

KAJ, B&H Photo
23 January 2014
  • Excerpt: First, I was surprised that the lens came with the Leica 6-bit coding, which is not mentioned in the product description. So the camera recognizes the lens.Using the Leica M 240, focusing with the rangefinder or with the EVF or via live view is accurate. The images are stunning with high contrast and sharp focus. The lens does not allow as shallow depth of field as the Zeiss 135mm f/2, but it is also not nearly as heavy.
  • Pros: Lightweight, Strong Construction
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Overall 10
10

As Good As Any Other Leica Lens

Amudgarden, B&H Photo
31 May 2013
  • Excerpt: After reading many online reviews about this lens, I was hesitant to purchase it. I've read many reports about difficulty in focusing and inconsistent results. However, the thought of using a lens with 135mm reach with a Leica rangefinder was too much temptation to resist. I'm glad I purchased it. In somewhat limited use, I have yet to discover any significant difficulty in focusing..
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
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Overall 6
6.0

Inconsistent

ttriolo, B&H Photo
29 May 2012
  • Excerpt: Optically, this is probably a wonderfully lens. I mean it's a Leica right? They are the best in the world, and I have no doubt this one is too. The problem is, that getting a sharp image with it is too much of a hit or miss proposition, not because of the lens, but because the critical focusing one has to do to get a sharp image. When you think you have locked into focus, this lens has a way of proving you wrong.
  • Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Difficult to focus, Heavy, Inconsistent output, No Coding, Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0

135mm lens for Leica M rangefinder cameras

John Kwok, Amazon
25 May 2012
  • Summary: The Leica 135mm f3.4 Apo-Telyt-M telephoto lens is yet another of the excellent designs coming from the Leica lens works while the firm itself is trying to remain financially solvent. Since the 135mm focal length is one that is difficult to use in a rangefinder camera, I am more than a bit surprised that Leica decided to replace two older, still excellent, 135mm lenses with this new design. Optically, as an apochromatic design it is quite superb.
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Overall 10
10

Amazing

world traveler, B&H Photo
18 December 2011
  • Excerpt: Was not sure that a tele-lens was really something I would need. After two weeks, I don't want to miss it anymore. I have to say it is "tricky" to get it right with the focus but if, the photos are amazing.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Nice Bokeh
  • Cons: Hard to focus
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Overall 10
10

Great lens

raj, B&H Photo
1 November 2011
  • Excerpt: Optically this is a great lens. About as good as you get at this focal length. There are two main limitations. First, you need the 1.4X Leica magnifier to focus adequately on M9. Second, unless taking pictures in daylight, I feel that a tripod is necessary to get adequately sharp pictures (since max aperture is 3.4 and need at least 1/60sec shutter speed handheld). I feel that best use of lens is for portraits.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Overall 8
8.0

Very sharp 135mm

Mark W. Bohrer "Commercial / Documentary / Tr..., Amazon
8 September 2011
  • Summary: The 135mm f/3.4 APO-Telyt is for you if you find yourself in 'urban exclusion mode' a lot to keep images simple. It's the sharpest lens available in its focal length. It also brings up the smallest frame in any of the Leica M-cameras. For this reason, it's best used with the M3's 0.91 viewfinder magnification, or an 0.85 M6 TTL or M7. It can otherwise be hard to make out what you're trying to photograph.
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Overall 10
10

Spectacular with the M (240) and EVF -- the sharpest lens ever on my M

Cynthia, Amazon
29 June 2011
  • Summary: In the past I've shied away from using the 135m focal length on Leica rangefinder cameras as it can be (and for me usually is) difficult to focus anything past 90mm critically and consistently using the rangefinder. It's just an inherent shortcoming of a rangefinder system that they work best at short (wide angle) focal lengths and get progressively less accurate (and more difficult to focus) as the focal length increases.
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Overall 10
10

Leica 135mm f/3.4 APO Telyt M Lens.

BRJR, B&H Photo
17 August 2010
  • Excerpt: 1. I just received this lens overnight from B&H. I immediately stepped outside, after unpacking this lens, made a few quick snaps, including at wide-open aperture & this lens performs very well on my Leica M9. I did this because I had read reports that this lens is difficult to focus and is not recommended for shooting at open aperture.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
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