Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/11/30[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
I liked the look of Richard's Summar pictures, though I agree that they lacked a little contrast. My experience with the Summar is that you need to find a clean one, and preferably a coated one. None of the original Summars were coated but a fair number were coated later by Leitz. I found a coated one a couple of years ago and it's been one of my favorite lenses ever since. I just posted a gallery of Summar shots at Smugmug so folks can see what a good one can look like. You can see them here: http://pswango.smugmug.com/gallery/1006351 I think the ones taken in the art gallery (6&7) were shot between f/2 and f/2.8. One thing that helps with these older lenses is that you can tweak the contrast in PS.