Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/10/03

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Subject: [Leica] Leica R 35mm f1.4 - any good?
From: red735i at (red735i at
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2010 09:13:57 -0700 (GMT-07:00)

The best thing going for the pre-ASPH 35/1.4M lens is the size.  It is 
aboslutely tiny.   Wide open it does not compare to the SUmmicron of the 
same vintage.

If weight or size is no issue, then the ASPH lens is signifiacantly better, 
and the ASPH Summicron is a nice alternative to the weight vs max F-stop 

Of course, using any of these lenses in SLR mode is "difficult".....


>I hear the M 35mm f1.4 pre-ASPH was a bear (difficult) to make, a bit 
>dodgy on quality and unit variation, and finally, not so good a lens.

Replies: Reply from benedenia at (Marty Deveney) ([Leica] Leica R 35mm f1.4 - any good?)