Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/02/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] R portraits
From: Mikiro <>
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2000 01:09:58 +0100

Hi Gib,
I have been using 1.4/80, 2/90, and 4/100 along with 1.4/75.  It totally
depends on your taste, but I would assume you will like the 80 considering
what you have posted in the past.  The 80 is absolutely "soft" at f1.4 but
changes its chatacter dramatically when you stop down.  The image character
at f2.8-4 is "sculpturesque" (still with some mildness) to my eyes and
slightly differs from that of the 2/90 which is nonetheless an excellent
lens for portrait.  I have not used a 2.8/100, which would be the best one
if you like pictures in which every detail of a subject is recorded.  I do
not think f2.8 is too slow.



At 11:30 PM +0100 4/2/00, Gib Robinson wrote:
>I'd like some help choosing a portrait lens for an R8. I don't own any
>lenses above 50mm that are faster than f/4 and I'd like one. As far as I
>know, my choices are 80 Summilux, 90 Summicron, 100 f/2.8 APO Macro. I've
>been leaning toward the 80mm 1.4 because it seems like a very workable focal
>length with ideal speed. The APO macro seems a tad long and a tweak slow in
>spite of it's legendary qualities as a macro lens. What's been the
>experience of this group?