Quote Originally Posted by philosomatographer View Post
[...] the quirky but sublime collapsible Heliar 50mm f/3.5 lens, hailed by many as mankind's finest creation in this focal length (even Erwin Puts admits that Leica has no equal in this focal length).
Seriously---better than a good Summicron or the 50/1.5 Sonnar? Wow.

The nickel version is apparently optically identical and still available; US$695 is a fair chunk of change, but if the lens is THAT good...

Thanks for the detailed and interesting report. Personally I find these "experiential narratives" more useful and readable than the standard-issue purely-technical review style.