Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/06/19

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Subject: RE: [Leica] new to M
From: Peterson Arthur G NSSC <PetersonAG@NAVSEA.NAVY.MIL>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 07:41:09 -0400

While I do not disagree with anything Lucien wrote, I would add that one
feature of the current 50mm Summilux makes it superior to its predecessors,
at least for me, and that is its ability to focus to 0.7m, rather than just
to 1.0m as before.


Art Peterson

- -----Original Message-----
From:	Lucien []
Sent:	Tuesday, June 19, 2001 7:30 AM
Subject:	Re: [Leica] new to M


> If I had to keep one body / one lens , it'd be an M6  Classic Black
> with the 50 Summicron Black , last version .


Sorry if I keep repeating the following.

IMHO, the last version of the 50/2 Summicron (#11826) is the worst regarding

The sliding lens hood, the lack of focusing tab and the "so easy to lose"
lens cap have discredited it in my eyes.

The version just before (#11819), using exactly the same glasses, is much

Its removable lens hood is more efficient because it offer a better
protection against undesirable rays and shocks.
Same problem for the last versions of the 50/1,4 and 50/1 , BTW.

And its focusing tab ease the focusing when compared with the focusing ring.
Here with the 50/1,4 and 50/1 it's less a problem, because their focusing
rings are bigger.

To bad for the RF users, it's that poor design Konica chose to copy for its
Hexanon 50/2.

Now, if I had to keep only one camera and one lens, it will be also a M6 but
with a Summilux 50/1,4 (#11 114).

Just my two cents,


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