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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] New M6 Owner what first lens
From: Mark Kronquist <>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 10:30:39 -0800

On 12/12/01 10:17 AM, "Mark Langer" <> wrote:

> Jeff,
> Different people have different standards about the meaning of a budget lens.
> I'll assume that you want something under a couple of hundred dollars.  My
> choices would be these screwmounts.
> 1)  Jupiter 3 50mm f1.5  This is the Soviet knock-off of the classic Zeiss
> Sonnar designed for the Contax.  As with any Soviet glass, sample variation is
> a huge consideration, but if you get a good one, it is a great lens.  I used
> one as my standard lens on a M Leica until recently
> buying a fairly new Summicron.  The Jupiter still sees some service.  A good
> one will set you back considerably under $100 on eBay, and if it doesn't
> perform as well as you like, just sell it there for what you paid for it and
> buy another one.
> 2)  Industar 55.  This is a 50mm f3.5 lens that is comparable to a red scale
> Elmar.  The earlier Industar 22 is a nice lens, but it won't cost you any more
> to get the improved later version.  It would be hard to spend more than $40 to
> get a good example, and often you get a Zorki or
> Fed thrown in as part of the deal.  So don't just search under Industar on
> eBay, but under Fed and Zorki, as the lens alone often sells for as much as
> the lens and camera.
> 3)  Going a bit upscale, you can't go wrong with a nice clean Summitar.  This
> is a collapsible LTM lens, although more bulky than the Industar.  Performance
> is darn close to an early Summicron for a fraction of the price.  Downside is
> a bizarre tapered filter thread.  Make sure that
> you get a coated postwar version of this lens that stops down to f16 and not
> the wartime version that doesn't stop down as much.  You should be able to get
> a good example of a Summitar for under $200.
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If you are looking for SM lenses (attached to bodies) I have a couple Fed
3's and a Fed 5 left e mail me  thanks  Mark

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