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

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Subject: RE: [Leica] New M6 owner, what first Lens??
From: "Robert W. Clark" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 20:54:01 -0500

I bought a M6 in February of 2000 along with a 50mm Summilux.  I decided to
get the Summilux because of the speed, it's general application to life and
taking pictures, and my personal preference based on owning a Canon AE1P
outfit.  To me, the 50 teaches you to learn about the lens (I guess a 35
could too, but I liked the 50 best), it's capabilities, controlling the
depth of field, learning to take photos in low light with people who are
your friends and literally ignore your camera, and understanding bokeh.  To
me, the 50 is and always will be my favorite.  Having said all that, I
bought a 35mm summicron in September and I realize I have to start learning
all over again!  I have to get much closer to my subjects, I must anticipate
their movement, and I can't rely on just hanging back...the tendency is to
put more in a wider angle but just doing that does not make a good shot.
So...I say try a nice used 50 summicron or can't really go
wrong with either.

Robert Clark
Lancaster, PA

- -----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of JP M
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 9:28 AM
Subject: [Leica] New M6 owner, what first Lens??

I just yesterday purchased a Classic M6 body from
Richard Tillis at Woodmere Camera.  It should arrive
toward the end of this week or early next.
I'm on a tight budget and am now searching for a first
lens.  I need a good value, but not
state-of-the-art-optics.  Thread mount is OK,
non-Leica is OK.
My favorite cameras to date are my Canonet g3 ql17
with a 40mm and my Rollie 35SE also with a 40mm.  I'd
be very happy with a 35mm or even a 28mm.  But a 50mm
would be OK if it were the "best value."
My requirements are that the lens sync up with the
body, meaning the framelines come up correctly and the
rangefinder is fully and accurately coupled and the
optics and mechanical aspects are perfect.  Cosmetics
Any thoughts?

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