Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/12/07

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 35mm for my LEICA M6
From: "Don Dory" <>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 07:13:53 -0500
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I think the consensus is either the first 35 Summicron or the last one
before the ASPH.  The last one is sharp, high contrast, largely free of
flare, and has been getting cheaper as more people convert to the ASPH as it
is better especially wide open.  A significant percentage of Leica folk will
tell you that the first one is better.  Reasons would include a higher
resolution figure although at a vastly lower contrast, a much slower
transition from in focus to out of focus so images seem to have everything
sharpish, and a superb build quality.  Prices for this one are going up as
really clean 40 year old lenses are getting scarce.

In truth, almost any Leica lens will deliver the goods if in any kind of
decent condition so if you are planning to shoot with one whichever one is
cleanest/cheapest.  The one reason to buy newest would be if you are
shooting into the light(s) in which case the new glass is significantly
better unless you like the look of veiling flare.

Don Dory

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