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Dec 19, 2014 10:41 |  #2446

taemo wrote in post #17341107 (external link)
Edge100 how do you think the CV 35 1.4 compares to the older 35 luxes?

IIRC the Canon 35/2 LTM, W-Nikkor-C 35mm 1.8 are the same formula, likewise the 35mm 2.5 Skopar. If you're shooting M240 my buddy said that you should code them as 28 elmarit to fix the weird color fringes.

Correct. The Canon formula is the precursor to the CV 35/2.5.

IMHO, the CV 35/1.4 is VERY close to the pre-ASPH 35 'Lux, but with more barrel distortion. I personally couldn't care less about the distortion, but it bothers some people.

If I want zero distortion, I'll take out my Mamiya 7. In 35mm, I want (a) ease of use, (b) wide max f/stop, and (c) distinguishing character. The CV 35/1.4 ticks all of those boxes.

All of that said, if I were shooting with a digital Leica as my only camera, I'd have the 35 'Cron ASPH, without question.


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Dec 19, 2014 11:27 |  #2447

I liked the 35mm Skopar, it basically was the lens that held me from buying a Summicron IV until a few weeks ago. I took some comparison shots between the Skopar and Nokton and yes the Skopar is much better, sharper and contrastier even at f/2.5, less distortion but I have to agree with edge100, I loved the imperfections of the Nokton.

I might get another 35m or 40mm Nokton down the road.


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Dec 19, 2014 22:38 |  #2448

Dreams do come true.
Anxiously awaiting the arrival of my very first Leica, I chose an M 240, 50mm Summilux.
Let's fast forward to Monday please.


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Dec 20, 2014 10:17 as a reply to  @ Compact Diss's post |  #2449

Good choice ;-)a




  
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Dec 20, 2014 11:42 |  #2450

Compact Diss wrote in post #17342328 (external link)
Dreams do come true.
Anxiously awaiting the arrival of my very first Leica, I chose an M 240, 50mm Summilux.
Let's fast forward to Monday please.

CONGRATS!!!!!!!




  
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Dec 20, 2014 17:03 |  #2451

Compact Diss wrote in post #17342328 (external link)
Dreams do come true.
Anxiously awaiting the arrival of my very first Leica, I chose an M 240, 50mm Summilux.
Let's fast forward to Monday please.

Nice!

Here's one from the M, taken a few months ago in Montreal:

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Dec 20, 2014 17:29 |  #2452

adned wrote in post #17337399 (external link)
I'am a new (proud) owner of Leica M. Canon lens are bargain vs. same Leica's lenses. I have no lens right now, but seriously i'am looking for a 35 mm. Any suggestions? Thanks!

I have three 35mm lenses for Leica - a Konica M-Hexanon 35mm/f2, a Konica UC Hexanon 35mm/f2 and a Leica Summaron 35mm/f3.5.

The Summaron is a nice mid-contrast lens with a slightly "old fashioned" look and is a tiny optical and mechanical gem (mine is in LTM and used with a CV adapter but I believe some were made in M-mount as well). There is also an f2.8 Summaron which gets more "good press" but I prefer the smaller, slower, one.

My M-Hexanon is probably technically the best of my 35mm lenses with a modern look to the images and is "well mannered" through all aperture settings. It has virtually no distortion and no obvious vices at any aperture. It is, however, fairly large (by Leica-mount standards) and somewhat, well, bland. I'd intended to buy the ZM Biogon 35mm/f2 but stumbled across the M-Hex and purchased it instead. Either, I think, would be reliably good all the time in any circumstance and, to my taste, they are as optically good as and quite comparable with the much more expensive (pre-asph) Summicrons (though I suspect the M-Hex is a little better built than either the CZ or even the Leica lens).

While I do use both these lenses, most of the time I use my UC Hexanon instead. For me it's more practical (smaller than the ZM or the M-Hex) and imparts a real character to photos that I like a lot (though for landscape shots and some other uses the M-Hex is without doubt technically better). This is also an LTM lens used with a CV adapter. The UC Hexanons seem to be getting expensive now (only 1,000 were made) but if you can find one, well, I can't think of a 35mm Leica mount lens that I'd rather use. Oh, and Ken Rockwell hates it (as he hates all things Konica) so that has to be worth something!

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Dec 20, 2014 23:51 as a reply to  @ B.Toews's post |  #2453

Nice pic!

Thanks everyone!!


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Dec 21, 2014 05:30 |  #2454

mfunnell wrote in post #17343485 (external link)
I have three 35mm lenses for Leica - a Konica M-Hexanon 35mm/f2, a Konica UC Hexanon 35mm/f2 and a Leica Summaron 35mm/f3.5.

The Summaron is a nice mid-contrast lens with a slightly "old fashioned" look and is a tiny optical and mechanical gem (mine is in LTM and used with a CV adapter but I believe some were made in M-mount as well). There is also an f2.8 Summaron which gets more "good press" but I prefer the smaller, slower, one.

My M-Hexanon is probably technically the best of my 35mm lenses with a modern look to the images and is "well mannered" through all aperture settings. It has virtually no distortion and no obvious vices at any aperture. It is, however, fairly large (by Leica-mount standards) and somewhat, well, bland. I'd intended to buy the ZM Biogon 35mm/f2 but stumbled across the M-Hex and purchased it instead. Either, I think, would be reliably good all the time in any circumstance and, to my taste, they are as optically good as and quite comparable with the much more expensive (pre-asph) Summicrons (though I suspect the M-Hex is a little better built than either the CZ or even the Leica lens).

While I do use both these lenses, most of the time I use my UC Hexanon instead. For me it's more practical (smaller than the ZM or the M-Hex) and imparts a real character to photos that I like a lot (though for landscape shots and some other uses the M-Hex is without doubt technically better). This is also an LTM lens used with a CV adapter. The UC Hexanons seem to be getting expensive now (only 1,000 were made) but if you can find one, well, I can't think of a 35mm Leica mount lens that I'd rather use. Oh, and Ken Rockwell hates it (as he hates all things Konica) so that has to be worth something!

...Mike

Thank's a lot Mike :). Finally i choose a mint 1.5/50mm Zeiss. Excellent for me, at least on winter time, not too much time for photo.

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Dec 21, 2014 09:32 |  #2455

Good choice I've heard..Now show us some photos....




  
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Dec 22, 2014 06:42 |  #2456

Compact Diss wrote in post #17342328 (external link)
Dreams do come true.
Anxiously awaiting the arrival of my very first Leica, I chose an M 240, 50mm Summilux.
Let's fast forward to Monday please.

congrats, thats a nice setup!

mfunnell wrote in post #17343485 (external link)
I have three 35mm lenses for Leica - a Konica M-Hexanon 35mm/f2, a Konica UC Hexanon 35mm/f2 and a Leica Summaron 35mm/f3.5.

The Summaron is a nice mid-contrast lens with a slightly "old fashioned" look and is a tiny optical and mechanical gem (mine is in LTM and used with a CV adapter but I believe some were made in M-mount as well). There is also an f2.8 Summaron which gets more "good press" but I prefer the smaller, slower, one.

My M-Hexanon is probably technically the best of my 35mm lenses with a modern look to the images and is "well mannered" through all aperture settings. It has virtually no distortion and no obvious vices at any aperture. It is, however, fairly large (by Leica-mount standards) and somewhat, well, bland. I'd intended to buy the ZM Biogon 35mm/f2 but stumbled across the M-Hex and purchased it instead. Either, I think, would be reliably good all the time in any circumstance and, to my taste, they are as optically good as and quite comparable with the much more expensive (pre-asph) Summicrons (though I suspect the M-Hex is a little better built than either the CZ or even the Leica lens).

While I do use both these lenses, most of the time I use my UC Hexanon instead. For me it's more practical (smaller than the ZM or the M-Hex) and imparts a real character to photos that I like a lot (though for landscape shots and some other uses the M-Hex is without doubt technically better). This is also an LTM lens used with a CV adapter. The UC Hexanons seem to be getting expensive now (only 1,000 were made) but if you can find one, well, I can't think of a 35mm Leica mount lens that I'd rather use. Oh, and Ken Rockwell hates it (as he hates all things Konica) so that has to be worth something!
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the uc-hex lens is an awesome lens and very tiny, it's the exact lens on the hexar af. insane how much they go for now but them they are rare
i took some test shot between my cron iv vs hexar af and they are very similar only that the hex has slight distortion

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Thank's a lot Mike :). Finally i choose a mint 1.5/50mm Zeiss. Excellent for me, at least on winter time, not too much time for photo.

Cheers!

congrats!
been wanting to get a sonnar lens as well but might get a jupiter or canon


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Dec 22, 2014 12:09 |  #2457

mfunnell wrote in post #17343485 (external link)
I have three 35mm lenses for Leica - a Konica M-Hexanon 35mm/f2, a Konica UC Hexanon 35mm/f2 and a Leica Summaron 35mm/f3.5.

The Summaron is a nice mid-contrast lens with a slightly "old fashioned" look and is a tiny optical and mechanical gem (mine is in LTM and used with a CV adapter but I believe some were made in M-mount as well). There is also an f2.8 Summaron which gets more "good press" but I prefer the smaller, slower, one.

My M-Hexanon is probably technically the best of my 35mm lenses with a modern look to the images and is "well mannered" through all aperture settings. It has virtually no distortion and no obvious vices at any aperture. It is, however, fairly large (by Leica-mount standards) and somewhat, well, bland. I'd intended to buy the ZM Biogon 35mm/f2 but stumbled across the M-Hex and purchased it instead. Either, I think, would be reliably good all the time in any circumstance and, to my taste, they are as optically good as and quite comparable with the much more expensive (pre-asph) Summicrons (though I suspect the M-Hex is a little better built than either the CZ or even the Leica lens).

While I do use both these lenses, most of the time I use my UC Hexanon instead. For me it's more practical (smaller than the ZM or the M-Hex) and imparts a real character to photos that I like a lot (though for landscape shots and some other uses the M-Hex is without doubt technically better). This is also an LTM lens used with a CV adapter. The UC Hexanons seem to be getting expensive now (only 1,000 were made) but if you can find one, well, I can't think of a 35mm Leica mount lens that I'd rather use. Oh, and Ken Rockwell hates it (as he hates all things Konica) so that has to be worth something!

...Mike

The UC-Hexanon is one of the finest 35s out there. I had the precursor lens in my old Hexar AF (just sold, sadly), and it was absolutely wonderful. As you say, the UC has character, while the M-Hex is a very standard, 'bland' lens. No faults, per se; just...boring.

I'm done buying 35mm lenses, for now. The next one I buy will be a v1 Summicron (with or without goggles...doesn't matter).


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