Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/09/15

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 28mm vs 24
From: Guy Bennett <>
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2001 21:20:01 -0800

>I recently found out that there is no such thing as a chrome
>24mm lens for my (chrome) M6TTL (maybe I shouldn't care, but I

You must mean that the 28 isn't offered in chrome. The 24 is. (I have one.)

>It's a real bummer as I am interested
>in landscape photography. So the choices are between
>a 35 and a 24 but I am concerned the 24 will distort the image
>too much and the 35 isn't wide-angle enough.
>I'd love to hear your opinions on the topic.

I use both a 35 Summicron and the 24 Elmarit on my M6s. The performance of
both is outstanding, as you might expect. The 24 will distort, as will the
28 if you're not careful or if you purposely want to take advantage of that
effect. With a little care, however, you can get "straight looking" shots
using the 24, so much so in fact that you might suspect they were made with
a 35.

As to the relative merits of both with respect to landscape photography,
I'll let the specialists weigh in on that since I have no experience in
that field. (No pun intended. Well, kind of.)