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Subject: [Leica] Anyone ever put a Leica 35/1.4 ASPH up against a Nikkor 28/1.4?
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Sat Apr 3 18:55:10 2004

On 4/3/04 4:14 PM, "Dante Stella" <> wrote:

> This is a real question - assuming that the size, weight and noise make
> no difference, has anyone actually set out to figure out which lens is
> better?  Or does anyone have any observations at all?
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I think a 28 would be harder to make than a 35 and a direct comparison would
not be so valid. They are different focal lengths.
Compare it against the f1.4 Nikkor Ai-S.
I'd expect the nikon to be a great lens with the Leica 35 1.4 stupendous
beyond all recognition as is well known to everyone I know.

I have and love my Nikkor 28 1.4 which becomes a true normal 42mm with
digital at 1.5 mag and love it but recognize that it does not compare to
anything in the Leica world. True normal is 43.3 I think. A ways off from

Which is partly why I got the 28.1.4.
And Thrillingly expensive for Nikon glass for the Nikon system.
But chump change if it was Leica glass.
Unfortunately not silent wave. But punk something.
Aspherical glass and a better finish as it is not so glossy as the new LHSA
thing which is darn nice anyway. A shame Nikon has given this finish up it
is just class. Awesomely impressive. Like a Leitz microscope. But then you
hear the little toy motor go buzz. And it weighs a ton and is big as a

Mark Rabiner
Portland Oregon


In reply to: Message from dante at (Dante Stella) ([Leica] Anyone ever put a Leica 35/1.4 ASPH up against a Nikkor 28/1.4?)