adned wrote in post #17337399
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!