Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/31

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Subject: RE: [Leica] budget m lens
From: Peterson Arthur G NSSC <PetersonAG@NAVSEA.NAVY.MIL>
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 13:00:11 -0400


If you're choosing one lens, I'd recommend a 50mm Summicron, the later
(i.e., higher serial number) the better, except that the version before the
current one is optically identical to the current one, and preferable for
its better hood and cap arrangement (i.e., a detachable, reversible hood,
over which, when reversed, the cap fits, as opposed to the built in hood and
snap-on cap of the current version) and also for the "U" shaped focusing
finger tab on its focusing ring (no tab on the current version).

Black finish is not "harder to find," generally probably easier.

Hope that helps,

Art Peterson

- -----Original Message-----
From:	Jim Kish []
Sent:	Thursday, August 31, 2000 12:22 PM
Subject:	[Leica] budget m lens

I am looking for a 35mm or 50mm M lens for an M4-P. I am having a hard time
selecting one from the dizzying array that's available. I have found 35
Summarons, and 50 Summicrons and Elmars in my price range, can anyone
recommend one over another for general family photos/street photos? 

Also, the 35 Summarons have an "RF" after the designation...what's this?

Last, are the black finish lenses much harder to find?


Jim Kish