Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/04

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Outfit Opinion
From: Al Edwards <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2001 15:33:27 -0800 (PST)

No question for me: combination 1. I chewed through
200 feet of tri-x in a month with these two lenses --
yeah, I know this is a low figure for this list, but
high for the general public. If you own these two
lenses, your lens situation will definitely NOT be the
limiting factor in your shooting.

Conventional wisdom about the Noctilux: great in
high-contrast situations, flare-proof, but really a
lens for the land of f/1 to f/2, since the 50
Summicron-M and Summilux-M will best it in most
situations at f/2 and smaller apertures.

The APO-Summicron 90 is harder to use as a
general-purpose lens than the 75 Summilux-M, but
I have not used it. It reputedly has no other

You can't go wrong with the 35mm Summicron-M. I think
that the biggest weakness of group 2 below is that
neither the Noctilux nor the APO-Summicron-M 90 really
can do general-purpose duty for your needs above 35mm.

In the spirit of "I wouldn't push Juliette Binoche out
of bed," I'll add that I slobber and pant just
thinking about a Noctilux or an APO-Summicron 90.

If some LUG members feel differently, there is little
doubt we'll hear from them.  :)

- -Al

> If cost is not a concern, which combination will you
> > prefer?

> 1. Summilux-M 35mm 1:1.4 ASPH
>    Summilux-M 75mm 1:1.4

> 2. Summicron-M 35mm 1:2 ASPH
>    Noctilux-M 50mm 1:1
>    APO-Summicron-M [90] 1:2 ASPH

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