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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Mack View Post
    Lens budget is ~$1100.00.

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    I am not up with the prices of Leica lens however, I would think you could find a decent Leica lens for your budget. If you buy anything else, you may end up always thinking, I wonder if I should of.........

    Good Luck. Don't forget to save some money for film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Mack View Post
    Lens budget is ~$1100.00.

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    Stephen
    Try to find an older pre-ASPH summicron.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    I have used 50mm Summicron and Summitar lenses. Honestly, the lens is not the limitation to how my pictures turn out, and in my prints I don't really wonder which is which. That's 16x20 prints.

    I also use Voigtlander Nokton lenses, in 35mm and 50mm, and am just as happy with those prints as I am with the Leica glass. They are not as well built, so probably will not last you as long. But, they are damned fine lenses, and it's a good lens to tie you over until you can afford your dream Leica lens. A 50mm Nokton draws a stunningly beautiful picture for you, and within your budget you could find two used lenses, like a 35mm and a 50mm, which compliment each other nicely in different shooting situations.

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    No lens can compete with an Leitz glass , if you buy a zeiss lens on to Leica , you will not be a Leica owner. If you cant decide what to do with Leica problem , you are not a Leicaphile and you dont deserve that camera.

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    The body holds film and lens and opens and closes the lgiht hitting the film. The lens determines the quality of the negative/transparency provided the film is flat, the shutter accurate and the lens mount parellel to the film; most bodies, even the lower end do a decent job in doing their job. Many lenses are good but more important in the process than the body in delivering the quality.

    I am not promoting either Leica or Zeiss glass. Both companies have had good to excellent. Look for the glass that you appreciate and like and then make a decision. Remember if on a budget, there is also the Leica CL that can use the Leica and Zeiss M mount and is 1st rate as a user body at a bargain price compared to an equiv. M body. I use the CL and after 20 years would not upgrade to a M body in lieu of buying a lens to use with it. Also, the is the Minolta CLE that is where Leica probably would have gone if it continued development of the CL.

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    1960's lenses are excellent and can get you into the Leica world at a reasonable price.

    I owned a 60's 50mm Summicron for 11 years and believe me it was a fine lens...
    but not as good as the 2008 Summilux ASPH that now goes with my M3

    And now for the question you didn't ask : are you sure you can adapt to the rangefinder system? I did in 5 minutes but there are some people (incl. pros) who never could and who went back to SLR's...
    Last edited by Pat Erson; 03-18-2012 at 05:54 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    If you buy lens that is not Leitz - you will always wonder "how would it be if I have Leitz lens..."
    So you should go for the leica lens - and then you know - this is it, now my limitation is for sure just me .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustafa Umut Sarac View Post
    No lens can compete with an Leitz glass , if you buy a zeiss lens on to Leica , you will not be a Leica owner. If you cant decide what to do with Leica problem , you are not a Leicaphile and you dont deserve that camera.
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    If anyone can tell the difference between a image taken on Leica glass vs and image taken on Zeiss glass they are more psychic than observant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustafa Umut Sarac View Post
    No lens can compete with an Leitz glass , if you buy a zeiss lens on to Leica , you will not be a Leica owner. If you cant decide what to do with Leica problem , you are not a Leicaphile and you dont deserve that camera.
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