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Subject: Or the Zeiss Planar - Re: [Leica] Seeking a new 50
From: scott at (Scott McLoughlin)
Date: Fri Mar 25 02:58:54 2005
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Almost forgot to mention the Planar 50mm. I know nothing about this
lens except that the optical design is well regarded. I think it has alot of
aperture blades as well. Any opinions here?



Scott McLoughlin wrote:

> Subject lines says it all. I currently own the CV 50/2.5 and 50/1.5. I 
> had high hopes for the 50 Color Skopar, but use the 50 Nokton most of 
> the time.
> But neighter really float my boat. The Nokton comes close. Hanging 
> around f5.6 or so, I get lovely fine detail. Shot several animal pics 
> at the zoo which really brought this to my attention.  But bokeh is a 
> problem with specular highlights, some wiriness and the like.
> But I'm seeking out a different "look."  The closest in my current kit 
> is the Nikon 45/2.8P. I find this a lovely lens. Plenty of detail, but 
> no harshness. A kind of smoothness mixed in with the detail. Divine 
> shot at close to medium focus distance.  Bokeh to die for, and yes, 
> bokeh is important to me in a 50mm FL lense. I'd say that it has a 
> "refined" look.
> I guess my M-mount candidates are the current Summicron, the pre-ASPH 
> Summilux and the Elmar-M.
> The Elmar-M is a tessar based design like my Nikon 45P, so wonder if 
> that is what I'm looking for. It's a little slow, but then I can 
> always shoot HP5 at EI 800, or go out and buy a really fast 35 Lux :-)
> The Summicron is the summicron. I read that close-up performance is 
> excellent. Is this a "do no wrong" 50mm legendary lens.
> And then the Lux. Don't know much about this one. Most discussions 
> talk about it's low-light performance, but I do hear mention of a 
> beloved "look."  I'd like to learn more about this one.
> For background, I shoot B&W pretty much exclusively. Family, friends 
> and hobbyist documentary and artsy pics. I rarely shoot landscape 
> stuff (just vacations). I scan film and print with an MIS ink set 
> outfitted Epson printer.
> Appreciate any help.
> Scott
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