Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/03/25

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Subject: [Leica] Seeking a new 50
From: vondauster at (Will von Dauster)
Date: Fri Mar 25 06:19:34 2005
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I have had and used pretty much every Leica made 50mm except the 
Noctiluxes, and all have some pluses and minuses. But the three 50s I 
have kept are the last pre-asph Summilux, the current Elmar-M, and a 
1950 Elmar f3.5. The Elmar-M is usable, in my experience, wide open. 
But if I had to grab one 50mm for an assignment, it would be the 

Hope this helps.

Will von Dauster
Boulder, Colorado

On Mar 25, 2005, at 3:54 AM, Scott McLoughlin wrote:
> 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.

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