Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/04

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Subject: [Leica] New List Member
From: benmarks2005 at (Benjamin Marks)
Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2009 19:50:58 -0400

Wendy:  sorry for the gobbledegook.  Two clarifications:  when I said
"narrower than film," I meant narrower than print film.  And when I referred
to the M8, I meant that the M9's chip will have many of the same imaging
characteristics as the M8.    - Ben

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Benjamin Marks <benmarks2005 at>
> To: lug at
> Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2009 17:21:50 -0400
> Subject: Re: [Leica] New List Member
> Wendy:  Welcome to the forum.  I also divide my time between Nikon and
> Leica
> in the digital world as they do different things well.    It sounds as if
> you are experienced enough to make the "how wide is my vision" decision
> without a whole lot of outside input (although I have not quite been able
> to
> resist as you will see below).    I have the 50 and the 35 you are looking
> at and they are absolutely superb lenses.  In my experience, the chip in
> the
> M8 has about the latitude of an old slide film  -- which is to say,
> considerably narrower than film.  Those lenses are very snappy, contrasty
> lenses - -  you may want to consider at least one older, lower contrast
> lens
> in the bag -- just a thought (like a LTM 35 Summaron + adapter = tiny).
> That said, my own sense when going someplace in which the environment is
> important to the photograph is to go slightly wider and sticking with your
> parameters, I would choose the 35 Summicron Asph.    If I was going to step
> outside your parameters and take one lens (and weight was a consideration
> --
> as you have said it is), I would get a 35 Summicron (v. III or IV  - pre
> aspherical)  -- they are tiny lenses and also excellent.  If I were going
> to
> take 2 lenses, I'd go with the 28 Summicron Asph and the 50/1.4 Asph.  But
> then, I have overpacked camera equipment on every trip I have taken since
> 1999.
> Good luck in your choices, travel in safety, come back in one piece and
> post
> lots of pictures.
> Oh, whatever lens you buy get yourself at least two extra batteries.
> Sincerely,
> Ben Marks