Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/16

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Subject: RE: [Leica] 35mm Summicron-R vs. 35mm Elmarit-R
From: Jim Laurel <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 14:05:07 -0700

You'll probably never believe this...  I shot a test roll with a 35mm
Summicron (3 cam) and the current 35-70 f4 zoom, made for Leica by Kyocera.
Tested at f5.6, The Summicron seemed to exhibit *slightly* better contrast,
but the resolution seemed better with the 35-70, even at the edges of the
frame!  Go figure...  I had similare results at f8.  My methodology was
admittedly haphazard -- I scanned both with a Nikon LS-1000, making sure to
autofocus on exactly the same area of the photo.  Grain was sharp in both
cases, so I feel safe in saying that the focus was as good as it could be.

Anyway, I was favorably impressed with the 35-70 and plan on buying one.
Only bummer about that lens is that the front elements turn when focusing.

- --Jim Laurel

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Doug Williams (R) []
> Sent:	Thursday, July 16, 1998 11:16 AM
> To:
> Subject:	[Leica] 35mm Summicron-R vs. 35mm Elmarit-R
> I want to get a 35mm lens for my R6.  I was wondering if anybody would
> give me
> their impressions of the 35mm Summicron and 35mm Elmarit lenses for the R
> cameras.  I realise the Elmarit is has been discontinued, and I don't
> really
> 'need' the extra stop of the Summicron.  Since I am not familar with these
> two
> lenses, I was hoping for feedback from the experienced users out there.