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    Only three lenses

    If only three lenses should be used with a M 8, which lenses would you recommend?

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    Re: Only three lenses

    21,35,75 or 24,50,90

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    Re: Only three lenses

    FWIW, Im trying this out:
    15, 35 and 50. :-)
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    F2, FM2, D700, 3,5/20 UD, 2/35, 3,5/55, CV 2,5/75 (all ai or aid), 1,8/85 af-d,
    2,8/60 af-d

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    Re: Only three lenses

    21,35,75 for the M8 thats 28,47,102 FOV a good combination for most uses.

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    Re: Only three lenses

    Well I started to love wide angle recently ( last 3 years ) and so my lens kit now is :

    16-18-21 WATE
    35mm Summaron ( just love the way it renders )
    50mm Noctilux ( for portraits, DOF and all in between - its perfect for me on all this on the M8 )

    The WATE is mostly on my M8 ; The Summaron is almost always with me, its super light and compact, its a gem. The Noctilux its perfect for portraits ( for me ) and the rest.

    I would like to add either a 90mm or a 135 TE for more compressed shots but to be honest dont really need it.

    So technically I have a 3 lens kit. I would swap the 35mm for a longer one but I invest the money in a Hasselblad Makes a fantastic compliment for my Leica kit

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    Re: Only three lenses

    I like proencas (3lens) sugestion

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    Re: Only three lenses

    Currently trying this setup:
    35 Cron Asph (walk around, small, sharp)
    50 Lux Pre-asph (cheaper than asph version, good for portrait/low light)
    90 Cron Apo-Asph (longer, sharp, good for distant portraits or creative uses)

    Haven't had enough time with this setup to really establish my opinion yet, but so far these focal ranges work well as a kit.

    My desire to go wider might change my setup to this in the future:

    18/21
    35 Cron
    75 Cron

    We'll see.

    Edit: Whoops, I was thinking M9. Can't speak for M8
    Last edited by dannh; 29th January 2010 at 12:56. Reason: Edit: Whoops, I was thinking M9. Can't speak for M8

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    Re: Only three lenses

    My setup would be 21/28/35 which more or less corresponds to 28/35/50 on film/full-frame. I wouldn't carry all of them unless I was traveling though. One or maybe two is what I'd bring going out to shoot (not always the same ones). Never liked shooting longer lenses on an M since the frame gets so small past 50mm.

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    Re: Only three lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by t_streng View Post
    21,35,75 or 24,50,90
    sorry, I thought M9.

    With M8 I would go Wate,28,50 or wate 28 and 75

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    Re: Only three lenses

    city boy version: CV12, Elmarit 24, lux 50 asph
    country boy solution: 21, 35, 75 (or90)

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    Re: Only three lenses

    Well, I think it would be:
    WATE
    MATE
    90 elmarit.

    That way I have 16,18,21,28,35,50 and 90
    Otherwise it would probably be:

    WATE
    28 'cron
    50 'lux

    Ahh - beg pardon - M8

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    WATE
    28 'cron
    75 'cron

    Just this guy you know

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    Re: Only three lenses

    Well no way you can do three it is really a 4 or 5 lens kit.

    But if you must and I have had almost every lens at one point or another but it was mostly based around the 28 cron which was my lifeblood lens and the last lens sold too.

    My favorite end of the day end of it's life for me was

    Leica 21mm elmarit which has a nice look like the 28 cron . Kissing cousins

    Leica 28 cron absolutely the best lens on the M8

    Leica 50 prelux

    If I had to buy a M8 again I would first get those lenses

    4th lens after the fact

    75 cron

    5th lens

    CV 12mm


    Now if you like brittle sharpness than you could go for the Zeiss 18mm instead of the Leica 21mm. It's a different look

    Just some lenses I had with the M8 Wate,Zeiss 18mm, Leica 24mm elmarit, Leica 28 cron, Leica 35 cron Version IV, Leica 35 lux, Leica 50 asph, Leica pre kux, 75mm Lux, 75 cron, 90 summarit, 90 elmarit, 90 cron, 135 elmarit and more than I can remember but at the end of it's life I had those 5 lenses mentioned earlier and those where my final choices.
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Re: Only three lenses

    If you like a compact kit, choose the 39mm filter size:
    35mm Summicron
    50mm Summicron or Collapsible Elmar (latest)
    90mm Tele-Elmarit "Thin"

    For low light, choose the 46mm filter size kit:
    35mm Summilux Asph
    50mm Summilux pre-Asph (some prefer the Asph)
    90mm Elmarit (most current, out of production)

    For extreme low light:
    21mm Summilux Asph
    50mm Noctilux 0.95
    90mm Summicron APO Asph

    If you like wides:
    15mm f4.5 Voigtlander
    21mm f2.8 Elmarit
    35mm Voigtlander (any)

    Surveys won't really tell you much, other than the responders preferences, as we don't know your shooting style, and your preferred subjects. There are many options. Your budget is the only constraint.

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    Re: Only three lenses

    Thank you all for your answers. That is a lot of information, and I will consider what to do.

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