Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/09/29

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Subject: Re: Leica-Users List Digest V1 #161
From: Klaus Mathisen <>
Date: Sun, 29 Sep 1996 13:05:54 +0200 (MET DST)

About the R-100 APO, Eric Welch wrote:
It's a truly awesome lens, as is the 35

That made me curious about the 35/1.4 R. I have the 35/1.4 M, which is not
half as bad as some people will tell you, and I love it for its compactness
and classic looks. But to be honest, it's not fantastic below f/5.6. 

So: How will the Summilux-R compare to the 35/1.4 ASPH for M? I think the
ASPH is ugly on the M6, and it also seems to ruin the balance of the outfit.
It's also impossible to find second hand. My R system already includes a 35
Elmarit and a 50 Summilux, but I find a fast 35 vastly more useful, as it
can be hand held at longer speeds than a 50. 

Is the 35/1.4-R really worth it in terms of weight and price? I suppose it's
better than the Summicron-R, but the latest Elmarit is hard to beat - it's
slow, but quite excellent.

To my mind, the 35 Summilux and the 100 APO will make a minimalist (but
heavy) setup that will cover almost everything. I don't like to be without
the 100, and I also don't like leaving home without a fast 35. This means I
always feel I have to take both 
systems, which is a nuisance (but I don't expect anyone to feel sorry for me :).

Any comments on the 35 Summilux-R are welcome, on the list or as direct
email, as I know they come up for sale second hand every now and then, and
I'd like to be prepared...


Klaus N. Mathisen