Summitar lens results

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  1. frank

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    Hello all. I've just aquired a like-new example of this lens (attached to a beauty IIIC.) The first film with images made with this lens is still unfinished in the camera. I was wondering if anyone here had any experience with the Summitar and had any results to show.
     
  2. Jersey Vic

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    I really like shooting my summitar wide open. it gives a very 'classic' look to images, especially good for portraits-- 2 examples attached. Enjoy this beauty.
     

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    Sorry about the off topic - but I had a look at those pics, and they really cought my eye! I don't know how much of it is lens (probably little, its the photographer that counts!) - but I love those pics! Especially the first one - its just what B&W should be, in my humble opinion.
     
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    The 'art' of lensmaking way back in the Summitar's day was to balance the performance to make a uniformly good image: emphasize the good and distribute the flaws in a way that didn't distract. That's the Summitar all over.

    Have a good time with it. let's see what you find !

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    pardon if this is a tad off topic. I'm trying to choose between this lens and a 50mm F2.5 Voigtlander COLOR-SKOPAR. I'm leaning toward the Summitar, any opinions?
    -Bob
     
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    I dont have the skopar but have a CV Nokton and a Summitar they are 2 very different animals. One is super sharp and super contrasty-which is great if that's what you want- the other is less so and IMO shows off it's strong points wide open with slow film. I have to imagine the Skopar is more akin to the Nokton.
    Can you buy both?:smile:
     
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    What is it called when you can't afford one so you buy both?........ oh yeah Reganonomics! :smile:
     
  8. Mark Layne

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    Compared to the collapsible Summicron which followed it the Summitar is sharper in the centre, softer in the corners
    Mark
     
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    I had two Summitars at one time, they were sharp, field flatness was good, micro-contrast was average for a 50-year-old lens (low by today's standards). Biggest downside was the lenses' tendency to flare in backlit situations (in a way, this was acknowledged by Leitz in the way they provided a folding lens shade of huge proportions). I see the 50 mm F2.5 Skopar has 8 elements in 6 groups (vastly different from the old Tessar-based Color-Skopar of the 1950s and 1960s). No personal experience of the new Skopar, I would expect it to nearly equal the Summitar at its best and have much better flare suppression, making it a more versatile all-round lens.