Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1995/08/26

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Subject: Re: 35mm f2 v.s. 28mm f2.8
From: (Patrick Sobalvarro)
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 1995 19:46:46 -0400

    Hi All

         I am about to buy a medium wide angle lens for my Leica R5.  I 
    would be interested in hearing your thoughts on a 35mm f2 as compared 
    to a 28mm f2.8.

I haven't used the 35mm f2, but the (old) 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-R is the
lens I use most of all, and I'm quite happy with the results.  I find
it a little soft at the edges for very close work when it's wide open,
but this is true for most lenses, and it's uniformly quite sharp down
a couple of stops.

Stefan Thurnhofer mentioned some problems with fitting filters to the
old version of the lens, and I thought I'd add some info: the lens
takes 48mm screw filters.  These can be hard to come by, but can be
found at swap meets and the like: I recently managed to buy 10 new
48mm filters of varying sorts, in faded boxes, for $1 each at a flea
market.  If you have the cute rectangular hood, you can fit Series VII
filters inside it; the hood has a knob for rotating circular
polarizing filters.

You can only fit one 48mm filter on the lens and still fit the hood;
you can't stack them.  Also, two 48mm filters stacked give a bit of
vignetting, but nothing dramatic.

The new 28mm Elmarit-R sounds like a better lens: it has a floating
element to give better performance close up, and the hood is integral,
and Stefan mentioned the filter size.  But despite the old lens's
idiosyncrasies, I'm pretty happy with it.


In reply to: Message from (Quest Electronics inc. ) (35mm f2 v.s. 28mm f2.8)