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  • 21/28

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  • 21/35

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  • 21/50

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  • 21/75

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  • 21/90

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  • 28/35

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  • 28/50

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  • 28/75

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  • 28/90

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  • 35/50

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  • 35/75

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  • 35/90

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Thread: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

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    Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Hi everybody, just a quick poll here:
    Choose 2, and only 2 lenses for Leica M that you would bring with you for a 3 month trip.

    Your choice will be among 21mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm.
    What is your favourite combo and why? They can be whatever brand.

    I think would leave with 35mm and 75mm.

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    25, 28, 40, 50, 75

    No worries about weight or heft (so, I can take more!). Barring the 75/2 all are tiny. Have all filters for them (It is for MM).

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Ehehe let's keep it down to only 2 lenses

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    I'd choose my Zeiss 25/2.8 and one of my 50's. I've dragged the heavy silver 90mm Elmarit a couple of times and barely used it.

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Completely depends on where I'd be going but in general I agree the 21/24/25/28/35/50 and 75/90 is one of the most versatile lens pairs. Whether I was in the city or open country would kind of determine the short end. I a major city with wide streets I'd probably pick a fast 21-25mm and pair it with a 90mm lens. For somewhere with a lot of tight angles I'd probably go fast 21 and a 50.

    I'd probably go 35/75 to be safe if I didn't do my scouting and crop as needed if I wasn't sure.
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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    28 Cron and another 28 Cron as a backup

    OK, you gave constraints. 21 and 50. As wide as possible because you can't crop what isn't in the frame, and I can never focus anything longer than a 50 on a rangefinder.

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    18 or 21 actually - both are a blast for travel. Plus 35.

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Another vote for 35 + 75
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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    As to not bore everyone with my crazy thoughts on travel lenses (because it really depends on the trip).. Let's just say 50APO + 21SEM (SEM rarely gets used unless I need a specific landscape or interior shot that the 50APO can't do).
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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    If I were limited to 2, it would be either 35/50 or 28/35, depending on the lay of the land where I was going.

    What I in fact do is take two bodies and three lenses: 28/35/50.

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Hi,

    Normally I'd go with a 35mm and 75mm but if shooting in fairly tight quarters, I'd opt for the 28mm (instead of the 35mm) just in case, and still stay with a 75mm, which can double as a somewhat normal lens as well as a short telephoto.
    Again compromises often have to be made regardless of choice if restricted to only two lenses.

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Went to France for two weeks last fall with 35mm FLE and 75mm Summicron. If I had to do it again, I'd still pick 35/75, but with Summarits instead.
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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    I would choose the 18 and 50.
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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    If so limited when traveling I would take a 35mm FLE and 75mm f1.4 on two bodies. Indeed, this is what i carry most of the time. I find my most used focal length is 35mm, but like to minimise lens changes. Whenever possible I usually also carry a 24mm f3.4. and will add others as the need arise. If limited to the two and need to go wider I am quite happy to create panoramas, the software is so good now.

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    28 Summilux
    75 summicron

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    35 & 50 lux
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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Either 21 SEM and 50 Lux ASPH, or 35 Lux FLE and 75 Summicron
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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    28 Hexanon & 40 Cron – both tiny!
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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    28mm Elmarit-M ASPH and 50mm Elmar-M in the summer - size over speed ; as compact as possible; great for walking about.
    35mm Summilux ASPH and 50mm Summilux ASPH in the winter - speed over size ; more time indoors.

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    On my trip to England and the Isle of Man with the M9 in 2013, I carried 35/50/90. I made 817 exposures, split 251/508/58 respectively. Funny, I thought I had used the 90 a bit more than that.

    But given that, I'd take the 35 and 50 mm lenses, and only carry the wider or longer focal lengths if the additional weight didn't bother me. Or, switch to the 28 and 50, for a wider-wide coupled with the favorite 50.

    I recently ordered an Elmar-M 24/3.8 so I suspect my next kit for travel will be 24/3.8, 35/1.4, 50/1.5, and 90/4 ... all small, light, and handy except for the fast 50 (Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH (LTM)). Although I might leave the 90 home if I know I'm going to use it so little. (That's hard. An ideal travel kit in the past was the Leica CL with 40, 90, and 21mm lenses.)

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    1: 50 apo
    2: 28 elmarit, 50 apo
    3: 28 elmarit, 50 apo, 90 cron

    The 90 f/4 might be the better choice, but hey, gotta go with what you got! Although I admit I don't yet have the 28.

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    Just 2 lenses for a 3 month trip? Sorry that's complete madness

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    28 Summilux
    You have that? Any pictures using it? TIA!

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Well, if I had to take just 2.... it depends where I would go.
    either:
    28 + 50APO (probably the most flexible)
    or 35 and 50
    or 35 + 75/2.0
    or 21 + 50 (probably the most interesting)


    when I was younger I did a lot with just 35 +90mm



    but normally I would bring 4 lenses: 21/3.4, 35/1.4 ,50APO and 75 Summicron
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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    I would go 24/75, but that's what I use even if I'm not going on a 3 month trip.
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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    28 & 35 for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    You have that? Any pictures using it? TIA!
    HI Vivek
    There are a few on Flickr:

    28 Summilux on Flickr

    . . . and a few on the Leica user forum:

    snaps on the Leica User Forum

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Woods View Post
    Just 2 lenses for a 3 month trip? Sorry that's complete madness

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    HI Vivek
    There are a few on Flickr:

    28 Summilux on Flickr

    . . . and a few on the Leica user forum:

    snaps on the Leica User Forum

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    Thank you, Jono!

    Oh my! https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonath...57650942940127

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Fabulous shot, Jono!

    I did not know that photo is ~ 2 years old. Excuse my ignorance- is that lens available for sale anywhere?
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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    For Iceland two summers ago, 35 Summilux (and I now would sneak in a 21 SEM), plus an olympus M43 with the 75/1.8. Here's an example with the 35:



    and one with the Olympus 75/1.8:



    the gallery is here.

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    If you had asked this question three months earlier I'd have a different answer. But since I bought an M-P, with it's higher ISO ability, I'd take my Elmarit-M 24 and a 75 Summarit. Both quite small with superlative sharpness.

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Toss up between
    1. 35 lux FLE and 90 cron asph
    2. 21 SEM and 50 lux asph

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Great! So far these are the results:
    35-75 xxxxxxxx
    21-50 xxxxxx
    35-50 xxxx
    28-50 xxx
    28-35 xx
    24-75 xx
    25-50 x
    21-35 x
    28-75 x
    18-50 x
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    28-40 x
    35-90 x

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    If restricted to two and choosing from your list is would be the 28 & 50.

    From what I own it would be the Voigtlander Ultron 28/1.9 ASPH and the Leica-M Summicron 50/1.4 ASPH.

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    28/2 Asph + 50/2 APO

    Another great travel combo, from experience, is 24 + 50 (even though you're not considering this one, in your list)

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    I travel every other week for a week for work and I always have my 35 Lux ASPH. and 75 Cron. Its all I need.
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    I vote for 28 cron, 50 lux.
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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

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    Fabulous shot, Jono!

    I did not know that photo is ~ 2 years old. Excuse my ignorance- is that lens available for sale anywhere?
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    Sorry - missed that one - yes - the chicken shots were taken with a prototype lens - it still isn't available for sale as a series version, but it comes in a stainless steel version with the 100 Jahre kits. (I now have a lens based on that one, but of coursee I don't have the kit)

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    Thanks, Jono. That is a pity. I will keep my eyes open for any opportunities to grab one.

    Even if I am half blind, it is easy to say that this lens sets a new standard for definition and bokeh.
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    Although it doesn't really matter anymore: I'd vote for 28'cron and 75'cron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    On my trip to England and the Isle of Man with the M9 in 2013, I carried 35/50/90. I made 817 exposures, split 251/508/58 respectively. Funny, I thought I had used the 90 a bit more than that.

    But given that, I'd take the 35 and 50 mm lenses, and only carry the wider or longer focal lengths if the additional weight didn't bother me. Or, switch to the 28 and 50, for a wider-wide coupled with the favorite 50.

    I recently ordered an Elmar-M 24/3.8 so I suspect my next kit for travel will be 24/3.8, 35/1.4, 50/1.5, and 90/4 ... all small, light, and handy except for the fast 50 (Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH (LTM)). Although I might leave the 90 home if I know I'm going to use it so little. (That's hard. An ideal travel kit in the past was the Leica CL with 40, 90, and 21mm lenses.)
    The Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 arrived. A superb performing lens! Pairs well with fast 35 or 50.

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    MATE + 75 cron or 75 lux
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    Summicron 28 + Summicron 75 (Summilux 28 will be even better, when available)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi Vivek
    Sorry - missed that one - yes - the chicken shots were taken with a prototype lens - it still isn't available for sale as a series version, but it comes in a stainless steel version with the 100 Jahre kits. (I now have a lens based on that one, but of coursee I don't have the kit)
    Hi Jono, is the same ss finish as the M "Edition 60" ?

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    21 SEM for tripod mounted interiors, 35 Lux for carry-round.

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    Re: Poll: choose 2 Leica M lenses for travel

    When I travel I only take one lens. I only shoot one lens for my personal work even when I don't travel. 35mm.
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    24 summilux and 50 Noctilux
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