Quote Originally Posted by okto View Post
Sure they do! You just don't know the code yet. Canon's letter salad wouldn't mean anything if you didn't know the code, either.

Leica's naming conventions actually tell you quite a lot once you know them, just like Canon's. Let's take a SUMMICRON-M 50mm f/2.0 for example. "Summ-" lets us know it's a double Gauss (aka Planar) design, "-cron" lets us know it's a mid-speed lens, and "-M" tells us it's got a fingertip focusing tab and the focal length engraved near the mount.

Without autofocus or IS or different image circles to cover, the deciding factor in choosing a Leica lens, and the only factor that the name could ever tell you, is what max aperture it has. You choose either slow (Summarit, Elmarit), fast (Summicron), fastest (Summilux), or insane (Noctilux). They're all the best lens Leica makes at that aperture, and they all work with every M body.


That is a deeply flawed way of thinking. There is no "best" lens, not even if you just compare specs. Canon would like you to think the 24-70L is the best normal lens, while you may be much better served by a 50/1.8 that costs a twentieth as much and is faster, sharper, and lighter.

If we want to compare that back to Leica, all Leica lenses are the better one. It's just a choice of how wide an aperture you need.
That's a little helpful, but what's planar mean? :-0

The 24-70 IS the best when it comes to a ZOOM lens in the mid range. It's no prime lens, I can't think of any zoom lens that compared to a prime. Even the 70-200 IS Mark 2 lens, though super sharp, has difficulty on the distortion end, even if the CA is non-existent.

Anyway. You're right I don't know the code, but I just wish the code was in English lol!

The info was helpful to a degree, but why do they have these strange names, I mean even Kodak has them, I just don't understand.


Quote Originally Posted by okto View Post
It really sounds like your complaint is "non-Canon lenses don't use Canon lens designations", which, um...duh?
Now now, my complaint is that they are difficult to understand for an outsider. Even my Mamiya MF lenses have simple designations.

Anyway I'll probably never own one but I would like to understand them. Do they have any connection in names to LF lenses?


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