Leica Minilux, 40mm Summarit, Ilford XP2, hand held, adjusted in PS.
Swann--thank you for your comment and rating. I am beginning to think that this 40mm Summarit is far better than the 50mm Summicron that I have, which is pre-1979. I might need to indulge in the current 50mm, or just go with a 35mm, if I can muster up the cash. If anyone has any opinions on the current 50mm compared with the one from 1969 to 1979, I would love to hear them.--mbru65.
This is a burning question to me also. I have the Summciron latest version (built 1984) and am not happy with it as you know. I anxiously expect a new aspherical one. Erwin Puts says about the recent 50 mm Summicron that one could see its age. I agree with that. Join in and wait for the new one which hopefully will come out next year.
Swann--what, if you can describe it, is wrong with the 50mm? When I look at the shots from the Summarit, there is a sort of silky smoothness and a glow that is missing from the Summicron. Is it present in the 35mm--either pre-asph. or asph.? I am very disappointed in the 50.--mbru65
I try my best, the Summicron is fuzzy, tiny details are resolved in low contrast and look somehow blurred, the contrast over all is soft, it is pretty fine in close distance up to 3 m but it looses quality on long distance. I konw exactly what you mean with the glow, the 50 mm doesnt have it. Nope. Compared to my 35 mm asph. it is just a fussy lens. What I like about is the rigid lens hood which indeed is a cool one.
My 35 mm asph. is simply the best performing lens I ever used and yes
Swann--thanks for the input. Pity the damn 35 is so expensive. Unless of course one gets a good pre-asph, which I hear some people say they prefer anyway. Questions questions questions...--mbru65
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