Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/12/15

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Lens choice--sole lens for M6
From: "Julian Koplen" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1999 16:10:59 -0500


You're right, of course, that the "best lens" can hardly be defined in a
vacuum.  I believe I stated in my initial inquiry that I was happy in
general with my R8 system--an understatement, I love it--but I am
contemplating a limited M6 outfit for people pictures indoors, especially
pre-kindergarten children in their classes and casual stuff taken at adult
social events.  All amateur, all for the love of it and for the pleasure of
the school and the parents of the young toddlers. Since the school has
generous fluorescent lighting mixed with incoming window light, I anticipate
that I will choose B/W over color for the classroom photos.

Thanks for your comments.................Julian
- ----- Original Message -----
From: Buzz Hausner <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 1999 3:24 PM
Subject: RE: [Leica] Lens choice--sole lens for M6

I for one actually agree with Marc and usually suggest a 50 as a first lens
for anyone starting out in 35mm photography, regardless of the body.  The
strand of this thread which has gone un-addressed is the question of what
format and lenses the poster has already used and what preferences she or he
has already developed.

This "best lens" question comes up a lot and the responses are fairly
predictable.  In the future it might serve everyone better if the person
posing the question be asked some additional information on experience and
preferences before we all go off in rhapsodic fugues about our own
favorites.  Okay, perhaps not fugues, but unedited encomia.

Buzz Hausner

- -----Original Message-----
From: Henry Ambrose []
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 1999 2:53 PM
Subject: RE: [Leica] Lens choice--sole lens for M6

>>35 Summicron ASPH - no doubt at all!
>Well, of course there is doubt:  there is much doubt.  More than a few of
>us find the 35mm lens boring.
>I'd opt for a current 2/50 Summicron or a used 1.4/50 Summilux.  But, there
>is no "best choice" in the sense of a "one-size-fits-all".  Figure out what
>YOU want to use, what your style calls for, and match that.  My choice
>would quite possibly not be yours!


When I wrote the above quoted text I spoke only for myself.

I promise you, I have NO DOUBT that the 35 f2 ASPH would be my choice as
my one M lens.
That's what the original poster asked for - informed, first-hand opinions.

As for the "more than a few of us" would you please show me the proxies
that make you their spokesman? And who the hell are "a few of us" anyway?
Whoever they are I'm perfectly happy for them to use any lens they wish!
Y'all have fun!

Anyway - boring is as boring does. You're right - one size does not fit

Very Best Regards,

Henry Ambrose

Marc, do you know anything about focal plane shutter Hasselblads? Like
the 2000s and the 200 series.