35-70 and 2X

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Okay, so I've sprung the dough and bought the 35-70 F3.5. In Bower's book 'Leica R Photography' he states that this combination is not recommended (I have a Leica 2X T.C.). Now I realize that using the 2X at the wide setting is pointless, but what will the results be if I use it at the 70mm setting?

-- Bob Todrick (bobtodrick@yahoo.com), July 28, 2001


Bob: Not so wide and not very bright.

Mark J.

-- Mark A. Johnson (logic@gci.net), July 28, 2001.


In "Leica Reflex Practice R5 to R3" Andrew Matheson says the 2x tele- extender can be used at focal lengths of 50mm or more. He does not seems to discourage using it with the zoom. Of course, it could be that since zooms are a bit less sharp to begin with (usually), the additional magnification might make the unsharpness too obvious.

But Hey! Try it! Especially when it makes the difference between an OK picture and no picture . . .


-- Bob Fleischman (RFXMAIL@prodigy.net), July 29, 2001.

There will be no physical harm done mating the 2x or 2xAPO to the 35- 70/3.5 (either version). You should run a test roll at various apertures, focal lengths and focus distances to determine if there are any optical issues which displease you.

-- Jay (infinitydt@aol.com), July 29, 2001.

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