Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/08/16

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Subject: [Leica] More equipment than you need?
From: langeratcarleton at (Mark Langer)
Date: Tue Aug 16 07:08:17 2005
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I too tend to use a 50mm lens the most, but that begs the question
"Which 50mm?"  It depends on the situation, and has much to do with
the characteristics of the lens, the body that I'm mounting it on, and
what I'm using it for.  I love the 50mm Summar for portraiture, the
compactness of the 50mm Elmar, the speed of the Jupiter 3, the image
rendering capability of the 4th gen. Summicron, the screwmount,
collapsibility and bokeh of the Summitar (to say nothing of the
bizarre "barn door" hood for it), the fact that my Nikkor 50/2 goes
nicely on my Niccas, the heft and build quality of the 50/1.5 Simlar,
etc.  I could go on and on.  The problem is that even by concentrating
on a 50mm lens, there are just so many appealing options for one to


On 8/15/05, feli <> wrote:

> Speaking of accumulating gear, I think I've grown out of that.
> Oddly enough I ended up exactly where I started, with a 50 for the
> vast majority
> of my work. I'm not sure who said this, but they remarked that the 50
> is perhaps
> the most difficult lens to master, but once you do, there is little
> you can't do with it.
> It's a rather liberating state to reach. Your bag certainly gets
> lighter and you spend more
> time shooting, than thinking about what lens to mount, before you
> take the shot.

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