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    Zeiss Planar vs Summicron

    i'm in the market for a 50/2 for my leica m6

    i shoot primarily street photography, urban portraits, and photojournalistic/editorial pieces.

    a new zeiss planar is 600 USD, a "bargain" condition 50/2 summicron is around 500.

    what should i do?

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    Seems like a no-brainer. Buy a used zeiss planar.
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    What is the Summicron's age and condition? Is it a solid mount or a collapsible mount. If it is a good, clean lens I'd buy it and save the $100. The solid mount 50mm f2 Summicrons are a bit better than the collapsible mount versions in my experience (I own 2 of each type).

    The 50mm f2 Planar is also a great lens (based on personal experience). It might perform a bit better than older Summicrons in high flare situations. In other picture taking situations, I doubt you could tell the difference.
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    im just a big enthusiast for using top quality glass, and would gladly spend 100 dollars more than a used leica lens, for a sealed, brand new lens.

    is there a considerable difference between build quality on the summi and the zeiss ikon planar t? thats all i'm asking.

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    ...or a new CV Nokton 50/1.5 for USD 345, plus 60 for the adapter ring.

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    the lens in consideration:

    http://www.keh.com/shop/SHOWPRODUCT....urpic=0&dpsp=0

    vs the brand new ones being offered by stephen gandy @ cameraquest.com

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    KEH "Bargain" 70-79% of original condition. Shows more than average wear. May have dents, dings and a goodly amount of brassing and finish loss. Glass may have marks that should not affect picture quality.

    $484.00??

    Forget it!

    Build quality of the Ikon/Planar? Haven't seen one taken apart and analyzed. I would expect it to be Excellent.
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    thats all i needed to hear.

    i'm quite curious about zeiss optics.. thanks for your help.

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    For street shooting, I would also very seriously consider the 50/1.5 ASPH Nokton $329 (New) from Stephen Gandy. I would also look at the 40/1.4 Classic Nokton $349 (multicoated version) as well.
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    i'm definitely in the market for the zeiss..

    i really want those stops in thirds.

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