Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/11/06

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Subject: Re: I need M lens suggestions....28...or 90?
From: Jack & Christine Hamilton <>
Date: Thu, 06 Nov 1997 19:32:29 -0600

Joe Berenbaum wrote:
> At 08:08 06/11/97 -0600, you wrote:
> >i'd get a better 50, one that can go a bit closer because i shoot a lot of
> >faces.  either a summi 50 dr or a collaps elmar or summi, if you can find a
> >sooky-m adapter.
> >if that doesn't interest i wud definately go with a 90, again because of
> >people.
> >however, if you shoot 'scapes, land or city, a 28 is obviously invauable,
> >but your 35 could get you through most of that.
> >i don't have my reference stuff near at hand regarding angles of
> >acceptance, but 28 to 35 is 7, whereas 50 to 90 is 40, thereby giving you a
> >very different lens.
> >also i believe the 90 will get you more uses more often (even a bit of
> >sports for instance, like i did last weekend) than the 28, which i see as a
> >specialty lens, whereas the 90 should be in everyone's bag.  the 28 and the
> >135 are on the outside of daily use, 35, 50, 90, very useful...
> >let us know...
> >steven blutter
> It is interesting to read that, because I had that same set of lenses
> recommended to me when I first got an M body, and found that although I use
> the 50mm lenses a lot, the 90 only gets used occasionally and the 35 also
> only occasionally. The one lens that I needed but didn't get for a while was
> a 28. I know that its only a little wider than a 35, yet the pictures, to
> me, look quite different, and I greatly prefer that angle of view for a
> moderate wideangle. The landscapes I do with a 28 don't work with a 35- it
> just isn't quite wide enough to do what I want to. I'm now doing 90% of my M
> photography with just a 28 and a 50.
> Joe Berenbaum

Joe, and all:

When I first got into the "M" system, I purchased a "different
outfit"...I decided I needed a lot of spread so...I first picked up a
50mm, then a 21mm, and finally a 135mm. This was certainly not a
popular-type outfit to purchase "piece-meal" on the second-hand
market... so...IT WAS VERY REASONABLE! Just because everyone else gets
the 35-50-90 system...DOESN'T MEAN THAT IT IS RIGHT FOR YOU!

the best things in forcing me to "cut out the crap" and start SEEING

Jack Hamilton
Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA