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    Leica 28mm f2.8 Elmarit-R

    Sorry for all the questions guys.... currently adding a set of primes to my Nikon set while starting an M kit as well.

    Already made my mind on the 80mm 1.4 Leica but had a question on the 28mm....

    I am interested in the newest model (released 2002? with a built in hood).... do any of you have any thoughts... it looks small but how is it in hand? sharp? etc. I am having a hard time finding any news on it since it is for the R system and is fairly new so any thoughts are appreciated.

    Please just comments on the new model as this is the one im looking at.

    Will convert it for use on my F5/F100/D700 combo. I have very good vision so focus shouldnt be a concern. Also, if you have any links to reviews thatd be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Leica 28mm f2.8 Elmarit-R

    I have one; it's small and sharp. Very sharp.

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    Re: Leica 28mm f2.8 Elmarit-R

    I have been using one for not too long but I really like it. This is by far the best lens in 28mm focal length that I have used. I can only think about two other lenses that could possibly out perform this lens: Summicron 28 ASPH M and Zeiss ZF 28/2,0.

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    Re: Leica 28mm f2.8 Elmarit-R

    Jan & Ocean, would either of you mind posting a few sample images... thanks for the comments so far!

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    Re: Leica 28mm f2.8 Elmarit-R

    You will be completely happy with the IQ ..the 28/2.8 R was regarded as the "Gold Standard" when many were converting the R glass for Canon. The only issue is its a 2.8...if your requirements can live with 2.8 you have nothing to worry about.

    I am building out the same kit for a D3/D700 and the Leitax mounts. But I already had the 28/2 ZF which is an exceptional lens. I am not sure I like mixing the R and zeiss glass because the color is different . The other lens to consider is the 35/2 summicron R which has a great look....not the max MTF performance of the 28/2.8 but a great balance of color,contrast and resolution and its a 2.0.

    What I am finding in converting R glass to the Nikon system is ...... resolution and contrast aren t an issue ....and I am comparing this to a DMR....its the color saturation,bokeh and the stuff thats referred to as "character"........you can see it in the 80 1.4 examples .

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    Re: Leica 28mm f2.8 Elmarit-R

    Quote Originally Posted by Jan Brittenson View Post
    I have one; it's small and sharp. Very sharp.
    Well, I'll agree with sharp, but it does weigh about 430g. Are you thinking of an M version?

    I have one (modified for Canon EOS mount) and it is amazing, the corner sharpnessn and contrast wide open. My question to ZF28/2.0 users is how good is f/2.0 performance? And how good is closer performance?

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    Re: Leica 28mm f2.8 Elmarit-R

    Here are two quick scans using Nikon 9000.

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    Re: Leica 28mm f2.8 Elmarit-R

    Ocean, thanks for the scans, nice shots... and I am looking at both the R and M 28's.

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    The Elmarit-M 28 won't disappoint either. Very low distortion and very sharp. Quite high contrast, which might be something you like or not (I have the Voigtlander 28/1.9 for low contrast, low light). The M is tiny and light-weight, even if the lens hood makes it a lot bigger. Without the hood the lens protrudes about 30mm from the camera, with the hood it's more like 46mm.

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    Re: Leica 28mm f2.8 Elmarit-R

    you know the M lenses will not work on an SLR, right?
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    Re: Leica 28mm f2.8 Elmarit-R

    I had the same thought, but after reading the first post again I think he knows.

    Quote Originally Posted by blakeslo View Post
    currently adding a set of primes to my Nikon set while starting an M kit as well.

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    Re: Leica 28mm f2.8 Elmarit-R

    I can't mount M lenses on my Nikon?! :-P...

    I couldn't help it... like the previous poster stated im currently building up a collection of Leica glass. Shoot jobs with my Nikon's so want some sharp primes to round out my 2.8 kit. Also getting tired of lugging 4lbs of cam equipment on vacation so looking to add a M kit to my set. (Also spent the first 8 years of my career shooting manual so that should be fun).

    Thanks again for the warm welcome everyone, its nice knowing their are still forums out their that can participate in civil discourse.

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    Re: Leica 28mm f2.8 Elmarit-R

    Sorry, I missed the part where you were looking for M kit as well. By the way, given that you are from San Luis Obispo, I hope you are supporting your local Really Right Stuff company! Best tripod heads around...
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    Re: Leica 28mm f2.8 Elmarit-R

    blakeslo,

    I just want to add that the Nikkor 28/2,8 AIS (current version) of the manual focus lens is also an excellent choice for 28mm focal length. It's as good as the Leica R-Elmarit 28, in close focus range, although its color rendition is different than that of Leica. It's my most used Nikkor lens. It is well made, light, and can be had very inexpensively. You may be surprised by how good it is.

    Kind regards,

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