Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/08/01

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Subject: Re: Leica Wide Angles?
From: (Curt Miller)
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 09:12:18 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Group -

Like to know which 28 had 'low sharpness."  I have a 3rd version and it's
sharp as a pin.  I do agree that it doesn't give much boost in coverage over
my 35 Summicron (2nd ed), but it is sharp into the corners at wide apertures
(a function of field curvature in the Summicron, I'm sure).  I like the 28
because, unlike the 24 and 21, it is more useful for a larger number of
situations, e.g. street work, minor architecture, etc.  The others cover too
big a field to be (comfortably) useful in many of these same situations.


>Hi, Bill:
>Try to get a used Super Angulon. Although slower, the older f 4.0 or 3.4 are
>even better than the 2.8 (sharpness, contrast), and the Super Angulon is
>better than the Elmarit (sharpness). I was unhappy with the 28 (the visual
>angel difference to the 35 is too small, the sharpness is to low - even
>compared to Nikon). I never used a 24. My favorite 50 is the summicron
>because of contrast and details even at f 2.0, although the late summilux is
>not so bad either (if you don't use f1.4).

Elizabeth Mei Wong
Birding with Berkshire County's Hoffman Bird Club or
             Women Outdoors at

Henry Curtis Miller, M.P.A.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts
In the Berkshires, next door to Tanglewood