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  1. #11

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    thank you for your advice.

    The difficulty focusing wide open might be an issue...I'll see how it works for me.

    Sometimes I feel that if I can't capture an image at f2, then it isn't an image worth capturing, lol.

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    The reality with Leica lenses, as with any other lens, is that it will not, cannot, be as sharp fully wide open as stopped down a bit. That said Leica lenses tend to be more sharp than others wide open. So you have a balancing act. To say it is sharpest wide open is a fantasy, even Leica never aspired to that, f/4 being the datum point if your preffered DOF coincides with that, but any other aperture is perfectly acceptable without any big traumas.


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    If you're looking for sharpness and not necessarily the Leica name/look, you might want to consider the VC 50mm 1.5.

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    I own a Summilux Pre-Asph. It is great on my M7 and works perfectly, but it does not work well with my M9. I am sure that sending the M9 and Summilux in for adjustment would help. But, since I have other very, very nice lenses that do work quite well with my M9, I'm not going to bother.

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    The CV /1.5 has better MTF and less vignetting. But is big.

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    For a few years I shot indoor sports with a Canon 50mm f/1.4 and ISO 400 film. Then Kodak introduced T-Max 3200, and a Summicron at twice the shutter speed produced much better images in every respect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer View Post
    I own a Summilux Pre-Asph. It is great on my M7 and works perfectly, ....

    Same here from me with this set! A beautiful combination and I also like the focussing with this lens. Easy & naturally to use.
    Better than my Summicron types.
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    Sadly true with my kit, but I keep trying to improve.

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    Sharp in the center wide open, but not flat field at all. Shooting anything parallel to the film plane at even 2.8 will result in out of focus corners. I've had three different examples of this lens over the years, two of the first type, then the one with the built-in hood. All three acted like this.

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    The type 1 optics ran from 59-63 the type2 from 63 on until asp. note this is from memory.
    There were several different mechanical designs e.g. a LTM version but all post 63 were the type 2 optics.
    They have a nice signature and the early ones are single coated...
    The MTF diagrams are available for the type2 and they are good for the design epoc. It was popular cause it was small and light for 1.4 and good contra jour.
    gbag space the final frontier...

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