Leica 5 cm Summicron f2 or Voigtlander 40mm 1.4, which one to keep?

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  1. Vsanzbajo

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    Both are in great shape. Unfortunately, I need to sell one. Which one would you keep and why? I think I will sell the Voigtlander, but I want to hear your opinions.
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    What's your use of the lens? Do you do a lot of low-light shooting? If you have a need for the extra stop, I'd keep the Voigtlander. If not, then keep the Leica.
     
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    No question, keep the Summicron. The reason being it's 50mm.
     
  4. M. Lointain

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    No contest. Keep the Summicron.
     
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    Unless you need the money, keep the Leica.
     
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    My Summicron is excellent at f2 and if I had both unless I really needed the extra speed I'd keep it. It's better made and will last a lfetime and also retain its value.

    I shoot a lot of low light work and in practice rarely shoot wider than f2.8, I have f1.4 lenses for my SLR kit.

    Ian
     
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    Well: it depends upon how much you can get for either: if voigtlander suddenly quits production, surely there are fewer than the total production of the summicron 50mm. You said that it was a 5th, therefore old. If the front element is in great shape it could be worth a bit. But in the final analysis: never sell a Leica

    David
     
  8. Richard S. (rich815)

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    I've had both and sold the 40/1.4. Nice lens but frankly I thought lacked any true unique character.
     
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    My opinion? I'd peddle both of them. They don't fit any cameras I have.:wink:
     
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    I would sell the one that generates the most money.
     
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    You know, this is a really good point. When raising money I've always considered selling possessions to be higher on my 'desperation scale' than either earning more or withdrawing savings. I believe, with the construction trend firmly placed in plastic, any metal lens from the era of film photography can only appreciate in value (over some time scale). Plus 'They don't eat any bread and butter' Nona always said.

    I've regretted selling every lens I've ever sold, but narsuitius is right. If you need the money and this is the only way left to you sell the one that makes the most cash and move on. You can buy another when times are better. If the price has gone up consider it interest on the prior loan. Other wise, if you have any wiggle room at all, I'd keep that summicron, for sure.

    Good luck,

    s-a
     
  12. Mustafa Umut Sarac

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    Never sell a Leica , they are going more and more expensive and when you need it , you could not be able to finance it again. And your photographs will never be the same with another brand.
     
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    The Voigtlander in my opinion is too close in focal length to the 35mm. I have the 35mm Summaron so I would keep the Summicron.
     
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    I've a preference for the 40mm angle of view.
     
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    I like it too but in this case I'd sell the CV. The older Summicrons are plenty sharp and render beautifully. The CV has very little character in comparison.
     
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    I would sell the CV and keep the Summicron based on intrinsic market value, but you may find that it won't fetch much anyway so is it worth selling?

    On the other hand the 40mm CV has a character, both in physical size and rendering, very similar to the Canadian made 35mm Summilux, soft and glowing wide open, sharpening up and becoming a lot more conventional stopped down. OK it may not have the fine bokeh of the Summilux, but it isn't far off. The other thing about the 40mm focal length is that it fits most of the Leica 35mm framelines more tightly, slightly inside the frame or dead on the frameline instead of slightly outside (at average medium to distant focusing distances). Some people find this easier to visualise and deal with when quickly composing the image than imagining how much lies beyond the frame.

    Steve