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    When I think I have all figured it out, I start wavering...

    FL-wise I am a 35-90mm person.

    35mm is covered with my Fuji X100S.

    lux 50 asph + cron 75 asph or lux 50 asph + Elmarit-M 90 ( E46 )??

    Heart says 50/75; But....

    What would you do?

    Thanks.

    p.s or just the 50...

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    Re: Another one of those ' which lens ' post..

    Me too Rayyan. I rarely go anywhere and will be traveling and have been trying to answer this question for myself.
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    Re: Another one of those ' which lens ' post..

    35mm and 75mm on the M. Or 50mm and 75mm. Never really a fan of the 90mm and up on the M. Sure, the lenses are lovely, but they are quite small for framing and fussier to focus. The 75mm summicron is a superb lens and very useful for a lot of different tasks -- portraits, landscapes, and so on. Just a slight bit more reach than normal. Some think the 50mm is too close, but I think they are different enough to make it having both in a kit. Shooting both at the same time is a bit more of a mixed bag. I would put the money towards a 35mm, despite having the X100s...35mm is just an exceptionally useful focal length, and I think 35mm and 75mm is fundamentally a better two lens kit than either a 50mm and 70mm or a 50mm and 90mm. You get two truly different views -- slight wide and slight tele. If you gravitate towards natural perspectives, they are two very useful lenses to have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post

    When I think I have all figured it out, I start wavering...
    FL-wise I am a 35-90mm person.
    35mm is covered with my Fuji X100S.
    lux 50 asph + cron 75 asph or lux 50 asph + Elmarit-M 90 ( E46 )??
    Heart says 50/75; But....
    What would you do?
    Thanks.
    p.s or just the 50...
    Hi Rayyan,

    When I carry the Leica CL, the standard kit I use is 40/90/21. Works beautifully for me, I once carried that setup all the time. Most pictures are made with the 40mm.

    Last trip I took with the M9 I carried 35/50/90. The 50mm took more than half my shots, 35mm about 35%, 90mm the remaining 15%.

    Next trip I took with the A7 and carried 24/50/90. I used the 24 and 50 lenses a bit more equally, the 90 about 20%. Seems to be a more equal balance of use with this trio, for me.

    What should you do? Heck if I know! Carry what you're comfortable with, and when you're done, see what you used and modify from there. ;-)

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    I'd say 50/90. I love the Elmarit-M 90mm f/2.8 lens. Max out your range on the top end with plenty of visual difference in between it and the 50.

    I guess I'm just not a 75mm fan. The framelines don't help the situation.
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    Re: Another one of those ' which lens ' post..

    Ed, Stuart, Godfrey...

    Thanks a lot for your responses.

    For me, one of the joys of travel is to figure out the lenses I should take.
    I hate the travel to the airports, the transport journey, the arrivals and departures.

    Once arrived, I forget the agony of reaching my destination.

    The real joy comes when I find that I have brought the wrong lenses!!

    I shall be using film and digital this trip, soon I hope; if the wife decides between
    two destinations we have focused on..England or South Korea.

    She prefers S. Korea. I am more for England. 17 hrs vs 6 hrs of travel time,being a major consideration for me.

    I am leaning towards Stuart recommendation of 35/75 combo. F2 would be very sufficient for S.Korea but for England in Oct/Nov, it might be so so.

    But this quandary is one of the best parts of travel...for me.

    Thanks guys,much appreciated.

    p.s. Won't the asph be too contrasty for 400 film?
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    one for scenery, one for people... pick the best lens for each
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    Re: Another one of those ' which lens ' post..

    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
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    I am leaning towards Stuart recommendation of 35/75 combo. F2 would be very sufficient for S.Korea but for England in Oct/Nov, it might be so so.
    ...
    That's close to what my Pentax DSLR kit became at the end ... DA21/3.2 and FA43/1.9 Limiteds on APS-C format so equivalent 31 and 65 mm. It works well, well enough that I almost kept the K10D just to keep using those two lenses.

    I wouldn't worry too much about the lens speed—f/2 is plenty fast enough IMO, even for ISO 400 film. If you have a contrasty lens and are shooting on film, just modify the processing to reduce contrast. For digital, capture raw mode so you have processing options.

    I agree on the other points of travel. Getting there is an endurance test. :-)
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    Re: Another one of those ' which lens ' post..

    I like David's one for scenery one for people post. I bought my wife a Sony RX100M3 and liked it so much that I got one for myself, my first pocket camera and really first zoom lens ever. It's pretty good and can do some of the work of grabbing travel photos. In terms of Leica, I'm on the fence between going with the 28 & 75mm Summicrons or just taking the 50 Summicron. Am really trying to keep the volume of camera stuff (and stuff in general) down.
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    No right or wrong here. Just lots of fun and hair pulling..

    Thanks guys.

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    Testing my 75mm. Very slight sharpening applied in raw.

    100% crop...

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    After playing around for the past few days, here is what is going..

    cron 35 asph.
    lux 50 asph.
    macro elmar-m 90.

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    I see you have settled on the kit, but I just wanted to support Stuart's comments on the 35/75 two lens kit.

    I find shooting usually comes down to 80% 35mm, 20% 75mm when travelling.
    To me the 75 is the ideal complement to the 35mm.

    I also agree that Leica 35's are the preferred way to go, there are so many superb options at this point, from a 1958 Summaron to a current Lux FLE, there is a leica 35 for any taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    After playing around for the past few days, here is what is going..

    cron 35 asph.
    lux 50 asph.
    macro elmar-m 90.
    That is an excellent kit! Go forth and make photographs! ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seascape View Post
    I see you have settled on the kit, but I just wanted to support Stuart's comments on the 35/75 two lens kit.

    I find shooting usually comes down to 80% 35mm, 20% 75mm when travelling.
    To me the 75 is the ideal complement to the 35mm.

    I also agree that Leica 35's are the preferred way to go, there are so many superb options at this point, from a 1958 Summaron to a current Lux FLE, there is a leica 35 for any taste.
    I put the 75 on either the ME or the MP. On the other, I put the 35 or the 50. I let them hang around my shoulders, one on the shoulder, one in the bag.

    I just carried one cam with the 75 just walking here and there.

    I did not feel like carrying the 75 for too long.. I love the 75, but realized that carrying it for only a few hours, put me off it.

    That is not what I want to lug a lens around for; oh!, how I luv the 75 though.
    On return, I might get a summarit 75.

    That is the reason, I tested my Macro Elmar-M. I felt ok carrying this on one cam with either the 35/50 on the other.

    It all has to do, for me, with age and physical condition.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    That is an excellent kit! Go forth and make photographs! ;-)
    Thanks Godfrey.

    And you too chief!! Once you decide between the 24 and the superb 28/2..

    Best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    Thanks Godfrey.

    And you too chief!! Once you decide between the 24 and the superb 28/2..

    Best of luck.
    LOL! Yeah, the Magpie Syndrome can lead to analysis paralysis and the expenditure of a great deal of money. =8^O

    The good news is that I went walking with my Color-Skopar 28mm on the M9 yesterday, using the Elmarit-M 24mm f/2.8 ASPH lens code as suggested by a couple of folks. It performs mighty nicely with that lens code. That might indeed save me a couple thousand dollars and kill the Magpie... :-)

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    Re: Another one of those ' which lens ' post..

    I like either the 35/50 or 35/75 kit, but I always seem to find a little corner of my bag in which to slip the 21mm SEM. I'm perpetually surprised at how often I use it...or miss it.
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    Re: Another one of those ' which lens ' post..

    Well here I am in Doha.

    Excellent airport and facilities. Beautifully laid out with clear signs.
    Lots of expansion going on.

    Flight leaves in another 2.5 hrs, non-stop to Seoul.
    Btw, Qatar airways is an excellent way to travel. Super service.

    Catch you guys later.

    Regards.

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    35 Summarit
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    50 Summicron

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    or of course go vintage (1937 Carl Zeiss 5cm f/1.5 Sonnar)

    L1002477.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    1940 by Lawman1967, on Flickr
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    Re: Another one of those ' which lens ' post..

    Late to the party, but I love the 50/1.4 & 75/2.

    If it was a 3 lens kit then the 24/3.8 added to the 2 above.

    ..... but that is today, tomorrow could be different since I have a 24, 28, 35, 50, 75, 90 & 135 in LTM & M mounts that can make me happy on any particular day.

    Happy trails, and let us know how your decision works out!

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    I am on my way back home. Later, I shall post what worked ( or didn't ) for me.
    Sad ( cause I luv the 75 ), but I did not miss it.

    Here is a sampler..


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    Quote Originally Posted by seakayaker View Post
    Late to the party, but I love the 50/1.4 & 75/2.

    If it was a 3 lens kit then the 24/3.8 added to the 2 above.

    ..... but that is today, tomorrow could be different since I have a 24, 28, 35, 50, 75, 90 & 135 in LTM & M mounts that can make me happy on any particular day.

    Happy trails, and let us know how your decision works out!
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    Great! I'm looking forward to hearing about your trip and seeing the photos.

    Just returned home last evening myself. Looking at the photos now. ...
    Carried the Sony A7 with 24/50/90 lenses—used the Summilux-R 50mm most. :-)

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    Godfrey, I used the lux 50 asph the most., and the macro elmar-m 90 a way down second. the cron 35 asph hardly saw any use.

    For the 35mm equivalent I used the x100s by far, especially for low light.

    Best.

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    Re: Another one of those ' which lens ' post..

    I've come to the point (with the rangefinder at least) where I will only leave the house with one lens, and that one lens is always 35mm or 50mm. Anything longer or wider and I prefer SLR viewing, but 35 and 50 on the RF really sparks my creativity.
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    Re: Another one of those ' which lens ' post..

    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    Godfrey, I used the lux 50 asph the most., and the macro elmar-m 90 a way down second. the cron 35 asph hardly saw any use.

    For the 35mm equivalent I used the x100s by far, especially for low light.
    Similar here: 50mm most of the time for casual shooting. The 90 was most handy when shooting from the helicopter (took a 45 minute helicopter tour of West Maui and Molokai) and the 24 was most useful when shooting in the submarine (took a underwater reef tour by sub).

    I tend to agree with the 35-50 for a rangefinder camera ... it's what I use most there too ... but lately I've enjoying the use of the 28mm as well.

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