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    Brian, I know your original question involved the Summicron and I did a test with both the Summicron and the Biogon of a granite rock which was very telling. If I can find the scans I will post them just so you know what you are not missing..

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    What is the actual length difference? Looks to be about 1/2"? I'm used to MF rangefinders, this is actually my first 35mm rangefinder so I think maybe the larger lens will actually work better for me since I'm used to larger lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M. Lointain View Post
    Brian, I know your original question involved the Summicron and I did a test with both the Summicron and the Biogon of a granite rock which was very telling. If I can find the scans I will post them just so you know what you are not missing..
    This would be great, thanks!

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    Sorry but I don't know the length difference as I sold the 2.8. It's probably in the Zeiss PDFs though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian steinberger View Post
    Thomas, do you have any examples shot this way? You think maybe I should go for the f/2 Biogon rather than the f/2.8 if I intend it to be my only lens?
    Brian,

    Looks like you got yourself a nice lens there. I do find the extra stop invaluable to me, but my hands aren't very steady anyway, so for low light shooting f/1.4 becomes almost invaluable to me. I like photographing people that move around, or are in a dynamic environment.
    Since you already have the lens purchased, I will stop looking for a suitable example.

    Have fun with your new camera! They are a joy to use, and since you're already used to rangefinders, I'm sure you won't get into the same 'love at first sight shooting frenzy' that I engulfed myself in, but take a reasonable approach to it.

    - Thomas
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    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

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    Hey guys I got the M6 today. It is in fantastic condition. And the 35/2 Biogon came also. The focus on the lens is VERY stiff. The lens itself moves on the mount just ever so slightly from the focus being so stiff. Anything to do about that? I'm thinking of sending it out to have a CLA and make sure the RF is spot on. Other than that I'm impressed with the build quality. I'm looking forward to this weekend to actually shoot it.

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    Check for accurate alignment of the rangefinder spot with the lens set to infinity (a distant radio tower works great). If that is good, you are probably good to go, especially with a 35mm f2 lens.

    I have learned (the hard way) to use a Leica specialist for accurate rangefinder adjustment. Sherry Krauter (Goldentouch) has the factory jigs to do it right; I don't know about others. I've seen some really bad work, but most rangefinder adjustments will still be adequate with most 35 and 50mm lens. Super fast and long lenses require every bit of accuracy the camera can deliver.

    That said, I do tweak my own. Most often a tiny infinity adjustment puts it into pretty good order.

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    Oh, and nighttime works great :) Find a distant light. This happens to also show up any vertical error, but don't worry too much about that; vertical alignment error won't affect the focus and some people even prefer a slight amount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian steinberger View Post
    I just purchased a used Carl Zeiss 35/2 Biogon ZM T*. I figure the extra stop of speed could be beneficial if it's my only lens. I've heard reports of the f/2 being slightly soft wide open, but to me getting the shot and it being a little soft is better than not being able to get the shot at all.
    Congratulations Brian, it should be a lovely combination. My experience with Zeiss lenses are that they are a little stiff to begin with (25mm biogon). Happy shooting.
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    So how is it?

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