Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/04/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 90 vs. 35
From: "Gareth Jolly" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 19:43:28 +1000

I would simply make three comments:

1.  The most important question is what is your preferred focal length?
What do you like shooting?  For me, 90mm and 50mm are my favourite focal
lengths, but that it because it reflects what I personally like taking.  I
like photographing people, street scenes, capturing a moment; I like the
slight distance I can get with a 90mm; I like the slight compression of
distance in a 90mm between objects.

2.  While instinctively I tend to regard f4 as a little on the slow side,
one of my favorite Nikon lens is my 75 - 150mm, f3.5.  Speed of the lens has
rarely worried me.  Less of a trouble still with a Leica.

3.  the 90mm frame on an M is quite small.  Try and see if they suit you.
They may not.  I'm starting to get used to them.

Oh, and why a camera on your waist?  Concealment?  Unobtrusiveness?


- -----Original Message-----
From: Carlos Blanco <>
To: leica <>
Date: Thursday, April 22, 1999 2:11
Subject: [Leica] 90 vs. 35

>Dear luggers,
>    I know that this question may sound stupid for most of you, but I think
>that it is the best place to ask.
>    I own an M2 with a summicron 50mm. Now, I'm planning to buy my second
>lens and I cannot decide whether an Elmar 90mm f4 or a 35mm. In fact, I
>don't have money enough to aford an Elmarit 90mm so please don't suggest my
>buying an expensive 35mm. To make matters worse I don't know much about
>leica M 35mm lenses.
>    On one side, I would like the 90mm to take portraits, on the other I
>think that 35mm is what M2 was made for and I consider that lens usefull
>snapshots. I usually have to take photos with the camera placed on my waist
>and I think a 35mm would be ideal.
>    Well, I accept whatever suggest you want!
>    Leically