Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/08/05

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Subject: [Leica] Re: which R lens from 35 to 50?
From: Pascal <>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 21:40:02 +0200

On 05-08-1998 18:07 Francesco Sanfilippo wrote:

>I thought the 50 Summicron was an excellent lens, but some
>of you say the 50 Summilux is now a best of breed and that
>it rivals the Summicron.  My question is.....which lens is better
>at f/2?

I would like to second this question. Apart from considerations about 
price and the extra f-stop, which of the two 50mm lenses (Summicron or 
new Summilux) gives the best "raw performance"? I realize the two lenses 
cannot be fully compared, but still...
I am using the Summicron 50 and am very satisfied with it, it is clearly 
better than my Nikon AI 50/1.8 at larger apertures. Would the new 
Summilux 50 give me any visible advantage as far as image quality is 


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