Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/02/22

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Subject: [Leica] On topic: 1.4/50 Summilux-M
From: feli2 at (Feli)
Date: Tue Feb 22 11:31:03 2005
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I've had mine for almost a year now and it's really grown on me.

Not as sharp as the current Cron, which I also have, but plenty sharp.
By f8 the Lux is very sharp, all the way into the corners. I love the 
stop and the ability to focus as close as 70 cm. My biggest complaint is
the collapsible hood, which can't be locked into place. I solved that 
with a metal screw-in hood from Contax.

But what I really like about this lens is the fingerprint. It's magic 
in black
and white. People talk about the Leica glow, and this one has it in 
Buttersmooth tones with the smoothest bokeh and actually quite sharp.
It has a very classic look, hires and medium contrast, which isn't 
given it's lineage, the Xenon, Summarit and first gen. Lux.

I've made some 11x14 prints on Agfa FB Classic from APX100 negs 
and there is something about the look that even laymen notice.

The Lux gets knocked a lot because it was in production for about 40 
and remained unchanged, but it's much better than people think. 
Absolute sharpness
isn't everything. Plenty of people made better shots than any of us 
could manage with
the 1.5/50 Sonnar and the Lux blows that lens away. In any case, it's 
another brush
in the shooters arsenal.


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