Quick background : I bought a Leica S2 few months back and I'm an amateur.
So its a big toy which I love and had to give away my major Leica M collection, but I wanted to go into the MF game.. and boy, I'm loving it.
I have the "kit" lens, the 70mm.
My wife and I are going to African in a few months, Safari parks et all.
I want to buy one or two lens and here asking for advice ; my family is "planned" to grow in a few months ( well you got the point ) so money for new or used S lens is going to be non existent for quite a while ehehe..
Africa is a big dream and two things come to my mind : wide angles of that Savana and telephoto of Cheetahs and such, to which I do not have a lens.
Option 1 ( which I'm more inclined at the moment )
Buy Leica - Contax oficial adapter - 1500 euros
Buy Contax 35mm lens : 1200 euros
Buy Contax 350mm lens : 3000 euros
downsides : 35mm isnt that really wide
up : less expensive route, can add a couple of other lens ( 120 macro, 80mm f2, 55mm ) down the road
Buy Leica - H official adapter - 1250 euros
Buy used 28mm HCD - 2200 euros
pray for used Hasselblad H 300mm at this price point : 3000 euros
downsides : more expensive. other lens down the road will take years
up : H lens are better
Buy Leica 24mm or 30mm lens : 5500 euros
down : no tele, no lens for the nearby century
up : weather sealed, super wide ( love it ) , superb
Option 4 :
buy Contax adapter, Contax 35mm : 2700 euros
buy Canon 1D4 : 2000 euros and Canon 400mm : 2500 euros which be sold after
down : having to carry two cameras and dont really like SLR million option for focusing, exposure, etc
So... here is my dillemma. Is the Contax 350mm a viable alternative ( even with a 1.7x converter from Contax ) or having a 500mm f8 medium format lens without stabilization is useless without a tripod as stable as a tree ? Should I directly to Leica 24mm ? If Contax 350mm + 1.7 aint enough, why would Hasselblad suffice ?
Contax lens are great, superb, non sealed but cheap ( for MF AF lens standards ) ...