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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] budget m lens
From: Roy Zartarian <>
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 17:09:54 -0400


Personally, I'd go with the extra stop and image quality of the Summicron.
As you do examine the various offerings, I would suggest that you bring
along a small flashlight and examine the innards.  The Summarons, imho, do
not age well and are notorious for internal haze.  Summicrons are not
immune, either, and you may see a low purchase price offset by the cost of

Just my US$.02


At 09:22 AM 08/31/2000 -0700, Jim Kish wrote:
>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