Great one, Peter.
Great one, Peter.
I'll use my 75 'Lux and for a different look the Canon 85/1.5.
Mike, my personal favorite is the 90/2.8 latest version.
It's very sharp at the plain of focus, but has a gentle focus fall off (see the ears in the attached M9 shot), and a bit more forgiving of skin imperfections ... creamy Bokeh that doesn't call attention to itself. Small, fast to focus.
I had a 75/1.4 and it was great ... when I could focus it. I think it's harder to critically focus wide open than the Noctilux. Missed too many fleeting expressions with that lens even after getting it calibrated and using a mag.
As you know, the 90AA is a great lens ... in many ways without peer. Yet I found it "to truthful" for portraits of anyone over 10 years old and spent too much time adjusting in PS.
Just ... IMO.
I mentioned the 90 2.8 elmarit also Marc. It's a sweet lens for portraits
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I love my 75 Lux, but for low light museum photos, I find that the glow it has wide open gets in the way of the rendition. I prefer the 50 Lux ASPH for this.
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Mike, having owned the 75 Summicron AA, 90 Summicron (pre asph) and 85 Summarex all at the same time trying to find the perfect portrait lens, I settled with the 90 Summicron pre asph as my most used.
I prefer the smoother and slightly softer look of the 90 over the 75 AA. The summarex was a beautiful lens in it's own right, better suited for B&W than colour with it's old coatings. However the real nail in the Summarex's coffin is the aperture ring is integrated into the focus ring and an aperture change often results in the need for a two hand operation. Also it is very heavy and ungainly with the hood attached.
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