Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/16

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 75mm f1.4 Summilux-M & General use lenses
From: Henry Ambrose <>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 18:30:51 -0600

  goldframe wrote:
>I would be very interested in hearing about any actual experience from
>owners of the 75mm f1.4 Summilux-M.  In the last 3 years since I've become
>an M devotee any questions about the 75mm have been dismissed with the
>explanation that the 75mm is really just a specialists lens, indoor
>journalistic use mostly, not used in normal work.  I do agree that the M is
>not really a camera to use as one might an SLR.  More lenses are not
>necessarily better - more equipment does not a better photographer make - I
>agree.  But...  I'm open to learning more here.  I am told that Leica makes
>and sells very few of the 75mm M, that it's more specialized and limited
>than the 135mm M, another rarely used focal length, in actually practice,
>among M user's.  ??
>Personally my most frequently used lenses are the 35mm f2.0 Summicron-M
>(pre-ASPH), the 50mm f2.8 Elmar-M and the 90mm f2.8 either in the Elmarit-M
>and I just picked up a mint!! 90mm f2.8 Tele-Elmarit-M, my new light-weight
>favorite and the 21mm f2.8 ASPH Elmarit-M.  I kind of go along with Brian
>Bower's thoughts.
>Again with the ASPH - wonder if that would be another next step for the 75mm
The 75 is a very useful lens for me more than the 90 since things seem so 
far away when I see those little 90 frame lines - the 135 I can't imagine 
using but thats just me. Somewhere about 90mm I start thinking of an SLR 
75 is a great portrait length for me.
I like that the 75 focuses to .7 meters.
I almost always use it at f2 for easier focusing, but f1.4 is there if 
It is big and changes the feel of the camera a lot from short lenses.
IMO, it has the most beautiful and smooth OOF rendition of any current 
lens except maybe the Noctilux.
It is crackling sharp with some kind of creamy smoothness that seems 
contradictory to its sharpness. I think Jim Brick once called it a "Super 
50" and I think thats about right.
I really like mine.

Henry Ambrose