Reviews and Problems with Leica 135mm f/3.4 Apo Telyt M
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J, B&H Photo
14 December 2015
Excerpt: I finally pulled the trigger a few months ago. Well, I've been waiting and searching since quite a while ago to make a final decision to buy the lens. The main issue was focusing the lens with the Leica rangefinder. The turning point was the EVF on M240. Focusing the lens is not a problem at all!
Summary: Just another great Leica 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.
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.
Spectacular with the M (240) and EVF -- the sharpest lens ever on my M
20 December 2013
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.
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.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
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...
Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Cons: Difficult to focus, Heavy, Inconsistent output, No Coding, Slow Focus
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.
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...
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.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
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.