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    50mm Lux ASPH.

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    I'm shooting with NEX 7 bodies, so with the 1.5x crop in mind, I like the following Voigtländer lenses:

    12mm f5.6 Ultra Wide Heliar
    28mm f2 Ultron
    75mm f2.5 Color Heliar

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    21mm f4 Color-Skopar
    50mm f1.5 Nokton
    90mm f3.5 APO Lanthar

    With the N7s' resolution, they just never cease to amaze me. (Which is a VERY good thing as I can no longer afford Leica lenses.)

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    I've changed my mind . . .. I only have one favourite:

    Leica 50 summicron f2 asph . . .

    I fear that I'm dangerously and fatally in love - I just wish I had a granny I could sell to buy one of these beautiful lenses . . . Oh Dear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    I've changed my mind . . .. I only have one favourite:

    Leica 50 summicron f2 asph . . .

    I fear that I'm dangerously and fatally in love - I just wish I had a granny I could sell to buy one of these beautiful lenses . . . Oh Dear!
    Hi-de-hi Jono,

    since you have been fallen in love with this new 50'cron Asph, can you please tell us what's so special to it in comparison with your 50'lux or 50'noct ?

    Thanks !

    All the best.
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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Hi-de-hi Jono,

    since you have been fallen in love with this new 50'cron Asph, can you please tell us what's so special to it in comparison with your 50'lux or 50'noct ?

    Thanks !

    All the best.
    Hi there Bart
    No. I just know! I played with one way back (when I just assumed it was a replacement for the current cron). I loved it then, and now I've been lucky enough to play again. I still love it. More really. It might be best on the MM, but its fab on the M9 as well. It's not so much that its sharp (it is, but somehow gently). I think it's something to do with the edge between sharpness and not. The bokeh is lovely as well.
    May be its the emperor's new clothes? Could be I'm just a sucker because it's expensive? I just know . . . . That I have to have it!!
    I'll sell my Zeiss 135 f1.8 (Sony A) and my 50 'lux to finance it I guess). . . . I don't have any grannies left

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    sell the 50'Lux? Say it ain't so, Jono! (start covering ears and mumbling) <-- we need a smilie for that.
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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hosermage View Post
    sell the 50'Lux? Say it ain't so, Jono! (start covering ears and mumbling) <-- we need a smilie for that.

    I still think it's true (after all, 3 classic 50s is really an indulgence!)

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    Jono - If you buy it please dont tell me and please dont show images made with it Thanks in advance, Tom
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi there Bart
    No. I just know! I played with one way back (when I just assumed it was a replacement for the current cron). I loved it then, and now I've been lucky enough to play again. I still love it. More really. It might be best on the MM, but its fab on the M9 as well. It's not so much that its sharp (it is, but somehow gently). I think it's something to do with the edge between sharpness and not. The bokeh is lovely as well.
    May be its the emperor's new clothes? Could be I'm just a sucker because it's expensive? I just know . . . . That I have to have it!!
    I'll sell my Zeiss 135 f1.8 (Sony A) and my 50 'lux to finance it I guess). . . . I don't have any grannies left
    Oh dear, oh dear - another G.A.S. attack, hey ?
    Frankly, I've considered selling my 50'noct (f1) when the new 50'cron asph was announced, but abandoned that idea since.
    One lux pre-asph, one lux asph and two nocties should do nicely, I reckon.
    Saving my pennies for the new M

    Kind regards.
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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Oh dear, oh dear - another G.A.S. attack, hey ?
    Frankly, I've considered selling my 50'noct (f1) when the new 50'cron asph was announced, but abandoned that idea since.
    One lux pre-asph, one lux asph and two nocties should do nicely, I reckon.
    Saving my pennies for the new M

    Kind regards.
    Hmm yes - I can see your point (and I'm saving for the new M as well - especially now I played with it in Solms). Still, i've only got 2 50s, and I'm thinking that a Nocti 0.95 and a 50 'cron is a rather spiffing combination . . . and that under those circumstances the 50 'lux might be overkill?

    The alternative is to sell the 24 'lux, which I love . . . but don't use all that much.

    Tom - if I get one I promise I won't post any pictures in this thread (is that okay?)

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    I am not sure if I have seen any images from the AA 50/2 that can attest to its price. Has anyone?

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    I am not sure if I have seen any images from the AA 50/2 that can attest to its price. Has anyone?
    Attesting to it's price is a big idea. But from my own point of view, yes, I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hmm yes - I can see your point (and I'm saving for the new M as well - especially now I played with it in Solms). Still, i've only got 2 50s, and I'm thinking that a Nocti 0.95 and a 50 'cron is a rather spiffing combination . . . and that under those circumstances the 50 'lux might be overkill?

    The alternative is to sell the 24 'lux, which I love . . . but don't use all that much.

    Tom - if I get one I promise I won't post any pictures in this thread (is that okay?)
    Well, I can see your point, too. Indeed the Nocti and the new cron make for a fantastic pair.
    But selling your 24'lux ? Than better chop the 50'lux !
    What about selling your car ? You can have both the new 50'cron and the new M and even have change for the MM !


    All the best.
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    I do believe there are NOT enough Grannys to go around!
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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Well, I can see your point, too. Indeed the Nocti and the new cron make for a fantastic pair.
    But selling your 24'lux ? Than better chop the 50'lux !
    What about selling your car ? You can have both the new 50'cron and the new M and even have change for the MM !


    All the best.
    Yes. But then I wouldn't be able to drive to Holland to work, and than I couldn't afford any of them!


    Quote Originally Posted by algrove View Post
    I do believe there are NOT enough Grannys to go around!
    indeed. I used to have several, but they inconsiderately left the scene before I could sell them.
    Incidentally. Do you know what the going rate for a good granny is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by borge View Post
    50mm Lux ASPH.

    One camera, one lens.
    Like your minimalist approach ... But I'd go with the Lux 35 asph ...
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    24 Elmarit ASPH

    35 Summilux ASPH

    50 Summilux ASPH

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Attesting to it's price is a big idea. But from my own point of view, yes, I have.
    Such as?

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Such as?


    Well, the photos by Pedro Ferreira which were shown in Berlin printed extremely large from the M9 - they were wonderful . . . sharp and perfectly formed. (Video for what it's worth

    Added to which, I've taken shots myself. Tough to demonstrate at web level I suppose.

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    35 FLE. in one if three 35 50 and 75 luxes if foru throw in the 24 lux I live in low light

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    I have too many lenses some days, but then I have a change of heart, and I'm glad I have every lens I do. I often go out with three lenses.

    Sometimes I go out with:
    WATE
    MATE
    90 macro

    Sometimes it gets darker, and I go out with:
    21/1.4
    35/1.4
    75/1.4

    The 50's don't go out as much except when they're the only lens. Sometimes I go out with just one lens, and that could be the Nocti or the late Elmar. Or the Summilux ASPH.

    Things change, but the only FL I think I would always keep, and have part of a set is 35mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    I've changed my mind . . .. I only have one favourite:

    Leica 50 summicron f2 asph . . .

    I fear that I'm dangerously and fatally in love - I just wish I had a granny I could sell to buy one of these beautiful lenses . . . Oh Dear!
    Hi Jono.

    I might have one to spare!
    There are few here,who too want to get it!
    The market price...eh

    Best.

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    1. 35 Summilux FLE. Always on the camera or in the bag.
    2. 50 Summilux ASPH or Noctilux 0.95, but if pressed for one the Nocti.
    3. Toss up between the 21 SEM or 90 Elmarit-M, with probably a slight edge to the 90.

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    Seeing as I have practically no experience owning Leica lenses, this might be uninteresting as a whole. The two M-mounts I´ve tried (borrowed from my kind uncle and an internet buddy), have been excellent, though. Finally, the lens that coerced me into M9 ownership is on its way to me. The 35 Lux ASPH FLE. Gotta include it.

    1: Summilux 35mm ASPH FLE (will probably live on my camera until it dies)
    2: M-Rokkor 40mm "Cron" (I find this practically indistinguishable from the next one)
    3: Summicron 35mm V4 (beautiful, though two-three times the price of the Rokkor, and really, I can´t see the benefit of this vs the above)

    If I could, and I probably can, at some point, own all three, I´d do it. At least 1 and 2. The Rokkor is small, friendly and discreet, drawing beautifully, is mechanically a bit "harsher" than the Leica Cron, but nothing that matters, really. Can´t say that I don´t look forward to the Lux, though..

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    1. 28mm summicron asph
    2. 50mm summilux pre-asph
    3. 35mm summicron IV for the size may get replaced by 90mm something...
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    1. 21mm f2.8 Elmarit ASPH
    2. 35 f1.4 Summilux ASPH
    3. 90 f2.8 Tele-Elmarit-M

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    M40/2 is a must choice if I use M8. I used to hear M-Rokkor 40mm's design was based on 35mm Summicron V3 6 elements. But I am not sure this rumor is real or not.

    But based on my testing, M-Rokkor 40mm's corner is better than 35mm Summicron V4 when they are wide open at F2. In the center, they are equal or 35mm Summicron V4 might be a little better.

    M-Rokkor 40mm is far better than VM40/1.4 at all apetures except F1.4.

    Quote Originally Posted by arild View Post
    Seeing as I have practically no experience owning Leica lenses, this might be uninteresting as a whole. The two M-mounts I´ve tried (borrowed from my kind uncle and an internet buddy), have been excellent, though. Finally, the lens that coerced me into M9 ownership is on its way to me. The 35 Lux ASPH FLE. Gotta include it.

    1: Summilux 35mm ASPH FLE (will probably live on my camera until it dies)
    2: M-Rokkor 40mm "Cron" (I find this practically indistinguishable from the next one)
    3: Summicron 35mm V4 (beautiful, though two-three times the price of the Rokkor, and really, I can´t see the benefit of this vs the above)

    If I could, and I probably can, at some point, own all three, I´d do it. At least 1 and 2. The Rokkor is small, friendly and discreet, drawing beautifully, is mechanically a bit "harsher" than the Leica Cron, but nothing that matters, really. Can´t say that I don´t look forward to the Lux, though..
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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    For me the most versatile package for traveling:

    1) WATE Tri-Elmar 16-18-21mm
    2) MATE Tri-Elmar 28-35-50mm
    3) Tele-Elmarit-M 2.8 90mm

    (4) Tele-Elmar 4.0 135mm

    When it's getting dark:
    1) Ultron 1.9 28mm
    2) Nokton 1.4 40mm
    3) Summicron 2.0 90mm pre-Asph.

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    Hi Jono.

    I might have one to spare!
    There are few here,who too want to get it!
    The market price...eh

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    Hi There Ray
    I hope you're well . . . . . if you have a 50 'cron Asph Apo to spare, then I'm sure there are many many here who want to get hold of it. I've no idea what the going rate would be right now (about enough to buy a Monochrom at a guess).

    But I guess you thought I meant the current (and lovely) non Asph 'cron?

    If you have one of those, then I would keep it.

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    An AA Summicron 50 will buy an MM and a spare battery (AFAIK).

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    An AA Summicron 50 will buy an MM and a spare battery (AFAIK).
    That's a bit like saying you can exchange a bucket of rockinghorse **** for some hen's teeth

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    Oh, I have a few hen's teeth. Still, looking for an MM body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wosim View Post
    For me the most versatile package for traveling:

    1) WATE Tri-Elmar 16-18-21mm
    2) MATE Tri-Elmar 28-35-50mm
    3) Tele-Elmarit-M 2.8 90mm
    No fair!!! That's SEVEN lenses!!!

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    Now, let's see, if you take a new M with a 28-70 R lens or an 80-200, you cannot easily count the # of lens choices. "Wow", as they say on the HGTV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by algrove View Post
    Now, let's see, if you take a new M with a 28-70 R lens or an 80-200, you cannot easily count the # of lens choices. "Wow", as they say on the HGTV.
    Um, no ... you either like the 28-70, the 80-200, both or none. The fact that you can use a bunch of different focal lengths isn't relevant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenPatterson View Post
    No fair!!! That's SEVEN lenses!!!
    Sorry, but no: that's three lenses. Again, the fact that you can use different focal lengths isn't relevant to the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi There Ray
    I hope you're well . . . . . if you have a 50 'cron Asph Apo to spare, then I'm sure there are many many here who want to get hold of it. I've no idea what the going rate would be right now (about enough to buy a Monochrom at a guess).

    But I guess you thought I meant the current (and lovely) non Asph 'cron?

    If you have one of those, then I would keep it.

    all the very best
    Hello ther Jono. Hoping you and yours are doing well.

    Would you really expect me to sell you yesterday's stuff!

    The M. Let 's wait.

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    Presuming that I can interpret the question to include M-mount lenses that are not branded as Leica ... Of the M-mount lenses I own and am using now:

    - Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.5 ASPH
    - M-Rokkor 90mm f/4
    - Voigtländer Nokton 40mm f/1.4 MC or M-Rokkor 40mm f/2 (gen II)*

    * I put both of these 40mm here ... the M-Rokkor I tend to use on the CL, the Nokton on the M9 and GXR-M; they image so similarly it's hard to tell them apart.

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    I'm a 28, 50, 90 kinda guy, so I'm currently using a 28 Elmarit ASPH and 90 tele-elmarit, and I'm trying to decide between the current 50 Summicron V (non-ASPH,) 50 Summicron I collapsable, and the ZM 50/2. I'm mostly a 50 guy, so I may just keep all three.

    I must say, I'm really digging this old Summicron collapsible.

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    35mm Summilux FLE, 50mm asph Summilux and 75mm Summilux. The 24 Elmar and 90 Apo Asph are fantastic but don't use them as much as the others.

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    My 3 favorite lenses would be :

    1-Summarex : My precious one, love it ! I even sold my Summicron 75 apo because I always ended picking up the Rex.
    2-Summilux 35 Aspherical : there is some kind of magic in it but always fighting if I should keep it or not.
    3-Summaron 35 2.8/Zeiss 35/2 : I love the Summaron rendering and the Zeiss has a delicious bokeh.

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    Joining the theme of never sell Leica glass, I sold an F1 Nocti when the appreciation on it (bought it for under 2K) seduced me. I just got another (from Rob here on GPI) and feel complete again! so my list
    1. f1 Nocti
    2. 35 lux asph (most used)
    3. 75 lux

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    No idea.

    I really doubt people can judge these lenses so easily as said in this thread. I know I couldn't. Especially not on a computer screen.

    Judging lenses isn't quite a "100% crop view in Photoshop and Bing Bang Boum voila!" as the reviewers and bloggers seem to be doing.

    Anyhow, after many years in the darkroom, all I know is that once the moment comes that I can look at a print and recognize the lens, that is the moment I have finally understood the lens. This can take years.
    Just the other day I printed many negs I shot 15 years ago with Minoltas and Minolta Rokkor glass. Let me tell you one thing, the old 50mm f1.7 has such a unique look that any internet expert would swear it was shot with Leica glass, whatever that means. "Glow, character, uniqueness, footprint, fingerprint, magicality..." and whatnot.

    My personal Leica favorites? No idea. I'm quite frustrated by this. They're all good I guess. As good as any old Minolta Rokkor glass.

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    Quote Originally Posted by mwalker View Post
    What no 21 Lux?
    Mike,

    21 Lux is phenomenal if that's what you like best. My three favorites (which I sold ) were my last outfit:

    21 'lux
    35 'lux
    90 Elmarit-M

    I rarely shoot 50 so the gap was no problem for me.
    Ylem ...

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    I just wish I had a granny I could sell to buy one of these beautiful lenses . . . Oh Dear!
    I would blame your parents for not having enough mothers...

    ..since we need to be reasonable about this.

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    My favs are:
    50 Nocti f1.0 or the 50 Lux Asph depending on how light I wish to travel.
    24 Lux
    75 Lux

    Tom, I am totally with not selling M lenses, unless you absolutely need too.
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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesK View Post
    My favs are:
    50 Nocti f1.0 or the 50 Lux Asph depending on how light I wish to travel.
    24 Lux
    75 Lux

    Tom, I am totally with not selling M lenses, unless you absolutely need too.
    Well, I admit after having started this thread I havent sold any lens...
    Just recently have used the 28/2.0 more and absolutly love it on the MM.
    Its still small for a wide angle, you dont need external viewfinder. And the rendering is quite the right mixture between modern and classic look IMO.
    I think if I had to go to only 2 lenses it would be 28/2.0 asph and 75/2.0 asph
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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    I normally try to carry just two lenses (one on the camera and one in a bag), but right now, these are my favorite carry-around set of three lenses (but not in any specific order of preference):

    1. 28mm Summicron
    2. 50mm Summilux, v3 pre-ASPH
    3. 75mm Summarit
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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    Street:
    1. 35/1.4 Lux FLE
    2. 50/1.4 Lux
    3. 90/2.8 Elmarit (few images)

    Landscape:
    1. 28/2 Cron
    2. 90/2.8 Elmarit
    3. I do not use

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    Re: Your 3 favorite M-lenses...

    My current Leica lens are:

    1. Summar 50/2
    2. Noctilux 50/1 v1 e58
    3. WATE

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