Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/09/03

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Leica-Users List Digest V3 #281
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 1998 15:07:45 -0500

You can't beat the M6 and 35 Summilux ASPH combination. However - whatever
it's faults, the 35 summilux pre-ASPH is wonderfully compact compared to the
ASPH. But if there's any way you can, if you're going to do much low-light
work, go for the 35 ASPH!

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Charles
> Babington
> Sent: Thursday, September 03, 1998 12:42 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica-Users List Digest V3 #281
> Andrew -
> Tom Shea is certainly right that the new ASPH is superior to the older
> Summilux (at least from what I read), but the old one is no slouch.  I
> got one of the older models recently from a well known supplier of used
> Leica lenses, for the same price you're looking at.  It was in what was
> probably listed as EX+ condition, but you have to have good light and
> know where to look to see any signs of use.  The aperture tabs are
> indeed small, but they're right at the front of the lens and if you're
> using the hood your fingers just naturally stop where you should grab
> the tabs.  It sometimes happens that I'll twist the hood while moving
> the aperture, but at worst this moves the cutout in the hood to block a
> bit of the viewfinder, which I don't find to be a big deal.
> If I could afford all the newer ASPH lenses I'd go for it, but for less
> than a new 35/1.4 ASPH I got older 35 & 50 Summiluxes (in the same great
> shape) plus an old 90/2 with excellent glass but lots of signs of use.
> I may not be at the leading edge of optics or prettiness, but I've got a
> very useful low light setup at a price I could (almost) afford.
> Best of luck whichever way you go.
> Cheers,
> Kip Babington