Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/06

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Subject: [Leica] Zeiss Normal 50mm f/2 Planar T* ZM
From: rsphotoimages at (rsphoto's email)
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2009 10:27:36 -0700
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Although I now shoot Leica R8 and 9, I previously shot a lot with the  
Contax RX and RTSII.  The on-camera lens was always the Carl Zeiss  
Planar 50/1.4.  Back then Carl Zeiss Germany and Japan used Schott  
billets for their lens blanks.

Some of the some of the Japan-sourced lenses surpassed the German  
lenses because the Japanese had bought the later (and better) Zeiss  
grinding systems.

The 50/1.4 was to me a remarkable lens, never a problem, rivaled the  
Leica equivalent of the day in most published lens tests, depending on  
whose opinion one valued.

Pretty much the same reputation for the Contax G line.  I wonder if  
the G lenses could be adapted to Leica M?  (For all I know there are  
hundreds of threads on this topic on this and other forums).

I can't speak for - or against the more recent Contax branded glass.

Some grist for the mill.


On Oct 6, 2009, at 9:50 AM, grduprey at wrote:


While I have only held the subject lens and not actually shot with it,  
I have found the Cosina Zeiss offerings a bit lacking  in quality and  
overall feel.  I am in the minority here on the LUG as most like  
them.  I prefer the 50/2 Summicron, which I have and like very much.


-------------- Original message from Wendy Thurman <wendythurman at 
 >: --------------

> Does anyone have any experience with the subject lens?  I am in the  
> market
> for the Summilux 50/1.4 but it is "Out of Stock" on B&H's website  
> and I
> felt, that at the price of $692, it would be hard to go wrong with  
> the Zeiss
> as an interim normal lens (and future backup).
> My long-term plan here is:
> 28/2.0 Summicron
> 50/1.4 Summilux
> 90/2.0 Summicron
> Wendy
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