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    Leica 50mm Summitar f-2 (1939) with Tri-X samples

    Some images made with Tri-x 400 at 800 developed in D76 with the Leica Summitar. My copy is very scratched internally and externally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    If you would like to share your images, please consider being a subscriber, rather than making a random post about your images.
    I'm not sure what you mean? I'm not sharing the images for the sake of sharing photographs, but to show how a lens performs. I thought a real world experience would be more useful than a test chart. It's useful to be able to search a subject line when looking for lens performance and get actual images.

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    Looks good. Likely in brighter conditions or shot towards the sun you'll have some flare issues but otherwise quite the performer. I have one with few scratches but some separation on the edges. Probably why it was so cheap. But I like its signature so much I've kept even though I also have a 50/2 Summicron DR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Sintchak (rich815) View Post
    Looks good. Likely in brighter conditions or shot towards the sun you'll have some flare issues but otherwise quite the performer. I have one with few scratches but some separation on the edges. Probably why it was so cheap. But I like its signature so much I've kept even though I also have a 50/2 Summicron DR.
    Yes, I'm sure it will flare plenty, I like to shoot with the sun at my back mostly. I actually had a 50mm rigid Summicron, a 50mm f1.5 Nokton, and sold both of those because I don't use wider than 28mm on my Ms, but when I got a screwmount, the little Collapsible Summitar became perfect for a pocket camera and performs exceptionally at f-2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikanon View Post
    I'm not sure what you mean? I'm not sharing the images for the sake of sharing photographs, but to show how a lens performs. I thought a real world experience would be more useful than a test chart. It's useful to be able to search a subject line when looking for lens performance and get actual images.
    I'm sorry, that wasn't clear to me, my apologies.
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    pictures look fine, nothing wrong with a summitar, although Leitz obviously thought there was so they made the Summicron.

    I like to tell folks that some of the greatest images in the world, ever, were shot with uncoated optics and lenses that would be considered junk by modern standards -- really, what matters is the shooter, not the lens. And a few scratches won't hurt at all, although a lot can degrade the image. These older lenses have defects that do give them a distinct look, although that look often makes a more pleasing image.

    I'd be embarrassed to admit how many of last year's really good shots were taken with a Holga, for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by summicron1 View Post
    pictures look fine, nothing wrong with a summitar, although Leitz obviously thought there was so they made the Summicron.

    I like to tell folks that some of the greatest images in the world, ever, were shot with uncoated optics and lenses that would be considered junk by modern standards -- really, what matters is the shooter, not the lens. And a few scratches won't hurt at all, although a lot can degrade the image. These older lenses have defects that do give them a distinct look, although that look often makes a more pleasing image.

    I'd be embarrassed to admit how many of last year's really good shots were taken with a Holga, for example.
    Since I've already bumbled once, I won't say anything about the comparisons of Leica owners and Holga lomographers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    Since I've already bumbled once, I won't say anything about the comparisons of Leica owners and Holga lomographers...
    It's all about the tool. I haul leicas around a lot, but one of the best shots i got last year, the one i printed up and gave to my wife for her birthday, was shot with a Holga on Tri=X that expired around 1978.

    When you are just goofing, sometimes that's when you capture the moment.

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    In the right hands, a Summitar will not leave one wanting any other lens. That's my opinion anyway.

    The flare when shooting into the sun looks lovely, by the way.

    Attached picture shot at f/2.8, Kodak TMax 400 in Xtol, printed on Forte Polywarmton, toned in Moersch Carbon.
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