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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] new to M
From: "Art Sala" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 06:03:12 -0700
References: <>

Its funny.  Having owned both the latest version and the just previous
version of the 50mm Summicron, the two features I like about the latest
version is the built-in lens hood and the fact that it does not have a
focusing tab.  I've always commended Leica for putting built-in lens hoods
on most of their R lenses.  Smart, clean and convenient design!  And perhaps
Leica removed the tab from this lens because there was enough "lens" to get
your fingers around.  For me it has been more comfortable.  Maybe just a
latent SLR user-interface habit refusing to die!


- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Peterson Arthur G NSSC" <PetersonAG@NAVSEA.NAVY.MIL>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2001 4:41 AM
Subject: RE: [Leica] new to M

> 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
> at least for me, and that is its ability to focus to 0.7m, rather than
> to 1.0m as before.
> :-)
> Art Peterson
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lucien []
> Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2001 7:30 AM
> To:
> 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 .
> Jo,
> Sorry if I keep repeating the following.
> IMHO, the last version of the 50/2 Summicron (#11826) is the worst
> ergonomics.
> 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
> better.
> 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
> 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
> Hexanon 50/2.
> Now, if I had to keep only one camera and one lens, it will be also a M6
> with a Summilux 50/1,4 (#11 114).
> Just my two cents,
> Lucien

Replies: Reply from Nathan Wajsman <> (Re: [Leica] new to M)
In reply to: Message from Peterson Arthur G NSSC <PetersonAG@NAVSEA.NAVY.MIL> (RE: [Leica] new to M)