Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/06/04

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Subject: Re: Was: [Leica] Noctilux Now: Summilux
From: Marc James Small <>
Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 11:50:28 -0400

At 11:05 AM 6/4/98 EDT, Tom Shea wrote:

>Dan, it is certainly a legitimate question that you ask.  Although I have
>never used one, the 50 1.4 has a reputation (based upon the various published
>test reports) as being soft at 1.4 and 2.0.  I note, however that the reports
>note that it is very good at the smaller apertures.  

I am curious as to the source for this allegation.  The 1.4/50 Summilux-M
is a wonderful lens and is quite satisfactory wide-open.  Other lenses MAY
exceed its performance on any given optical parameter, but I don't believe
any other lens of like specification is as satisfactory across the board,
though the 1.5/5cm CZJ Sonnar and its derivatives come close.

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