Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 50 Summicron or Summilux
From: Ben Tuason <>
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 1998 22:08:37 -0700


The Elmar(it) is something I have not considered.  Maybe it _might_ be
the perfect complement to the Noctilux.  I'll look it up.  Thanks.

Ben wrote:

> Ben, I have the full complement of leica 50's, nocti, -lux,-crons and
> also the
> 2.8/50 elmar(it). The Nocti is heavy,bulky and will cope with the
> really low
> light. The 50 Summilux is, in my mind, a compromise lens. It is an old
> design
> and performance wise it is adequate, the Summicron is the Legend and
> deserves
> the praise heeped on it. The latest version ( with the collapsible
> hood) lacks
> the little focussing tab and that is a major flaw in my mind ( I put
> one on
> it), but for true portability and a really excellent price/performance
> ratio,
> try the 50/2,8 Elmar(it). It is small, light and performs like a
> champ.
> Slightly softer than the Summicron wide open, but holds is own after
> that.
> Looks really unassuming on a black M and doesn't "threaten" the
> subject the
> same way a Nocti or Summilux does. The early version of this lens had
> a
> rotating aperture mount which drove me nuts. Every time you tried to
> change
> the aperture, you also shifted the focus. The new version has a
> parallell
> mount, the index for the aperture ring stays put. Of course it has the
> same
> 39mm filter thread that the 35/2 and 50/2 has. If you have a chance,
> shoot a
> roll with one of these and see how good it is. Nice,lightweight
> complement to
> the Noctilux.
> Tom A