Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/04/14

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Elmar-M vs. Summicron-M
From: Rick Floyd <>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 09:49:53 -0400

on 4/14/00 9:12 AM, Kenneth Epstein at wrote:

> I am in the market for a 50 mm lens for my M6.  I am undecided between the
> Summicron-M and the Elmar-M.  My reason for even thinking about the Elmar,
> given the approximate same price, is the size and classic look.  I currently
> have the 35 Summicron-M ASPH and the 90 Elmarit-M.
> Thanks,
> Ken
> _______________________________
> Kenneth Epstein
> <>


I wrestled with that same decision.  I ended up with the Summicron, because
I knew I wanted the speed.  (Hope to have a Noctilux someday soon)  I am
glad I made that choice.  In use, with the screw-in hood on the Elmarit, it
is about the same size as the Summicron.  I think the Elmarit has better
flare control wide open, but other than that, the Summicron is just a darn
fine all-round lens.  It is my most used as well.

I agree the Elmarit has a cool, retro look and I may add one someday, but
the Summicron is the choice I made and am very happy with that.

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