Are lenses more resonably priced in Germany as I will be there next year?
OMG! It's been a YEAR already!
I'm a bit torn myself. I prefer the look (and cost) of the 35 ASPH, but a little turned off by the focus shift... The 35 FLE is just major coin. I'll have to wait and hopefully pick it up next time I'm in Germany (this fall).
I have both the Biogon and Nokton as well. Both are actually quite nice. The Biogon has practically zero distortion and has the really nice "Zeiss look" while the Nokton, well, goes to f/1.2! And it's actually quite nice wide open. It is a tank, but not so bad. It's actually got me on the fence about a Leica 35 (hey, it's paid for and proven).
Thanks! Yeah, truth be told it's been my favorite lens since getting it. It's ridiculously good from wide open, has a great character and small (relatively)! But yeah... I find myself drawn to a 35 a bit more.
On the M8 I had it good - I used the 2,8/25 ZM for a ~33mm equivalent. That lens, plain and simple - is insane. Even wide open, but especially in the butter zone... Great googly moogly is it sharp. Not particularly fast at f/2.8, but still.