I have been using the 35 summarit on my M8 and love the focal length. I will be getting my Leica M within the first 2 months of it's release most likely because I'm on the pre-order list.
I had used my 35 summarit breifly on an M9 (before I had to send it back) and liked the focal length on it too, although at times it was difficult to use for every situation for street photography.
For a long time my dream lens was the 50 summilux ASPH, but lately I've been questioning that. I actually like the colors and rendering the best on the 28 Summicron ASPH from *any* lens I've seen. However, I'm afraid the 28mm focal length will be the the least used focal length out of the 3 choices: 28, 35, and 50.
50mm would probably be my most used focal length, it seems like the 50 Summilux ASPH mostly excels in portraiture (which I do love) since it has superior bokeh and is fairly clinical. However, I'm not convinced that it's actually "sharper" than my 35 Summarit though, I'm not sure about the "character" of the lens either. It probably has more "character" than the 35 FLE, but the 35 FLE is probably the sharpest lens I've ever seen on the M outside of the 50 Summicron APO.
I might be able to keep the 35 Summarit if I buy the 28 Summicron or 50 Summilux ASPH, but I couldn't afford or justify the keep it with the 35 FLE.
I could get the 28 Summicron and use it as a 35mm lens on my M8 until the Leica M comes out, but I shoot the least when it's cold outside, so I can't justify it for that reason alone.
So a few questions to those of you who have used these lenses or have owned them...
- How do you feel about the 50 Summilux ASPH used as "general purpose" lens on a full frame camera? Do you feel like that biting sharpness is there for landscape and other non portrait photography?
- Would it be worth it to own a 28 Summicron ASPH and also keep my 35 Summarit? I could crop the 28mm to 35mm without much loss in pixels. But of course, I could also crop 35mm to 50mm with a little bit more pixel loss.