Reviews and Problems with Leica 135mm f/3.4 Apo Telyt M
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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.
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. 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.
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
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
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 aperture is 3.4 and need at least 1/60sec shutter speed handheld). I feel that best use of lens is for portraits.
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
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.
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.