Leica 75 mm lenses for M / LTM

mike3996

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f/Eltsl [mm]m [g]Street price
7artisans1.257/673600435 GBP
Leica Noctilux1.259/69110558575 GBP
Leica Summilux (Mandler)1.47/580600*~4100 GBP
Leica APO Summicron2.0~~1400+ GBP
Leica Summarit2.46/461345~870 GBP
CV Nokton1.57/663350790 GBP
CV Heliar Classic1.8~395 GBP
CV Color Heliar LTM2.56/565230~200 GBP

Apparently several versions with weights from 490 to 600 to 560 grams.

What options am I missing from here? :)

I probably should just solve the front focus problem of my Color Heliar and be done with this daydreaming.
 
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serhan

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Wow... this lens looks like a winner! 😎

Too bad for it it's priced above CV 75/1.5 which is also a Sonnar design(?)
Used copy for $900 on fleabay from JP (nobody sells it in US):
Miyazaki Sonnetar 73mm F/1.5 F MC MS-Optics Lens Silver for Leica M #22612 F2 | eBay
Still CV 75mm might be easier to use...MS OPtics lenses are quirky to use, round aperture all the way stopped down... CV lenses have straight blades, good for sun/light stars, but not good for bokeh stopped down... I see more purple fringing from CV lenses, different coatings...
 
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Matt
Just my opinion, but: If you can get your hands on a Summarit, get it. It's a phenomal lens that's just been discontinued ... I have the 2.4 version, but apart from the minimal focusing distance, the 2.5 version is identical. But I see you have set your sights a bit higher (i.e. faster) ... ;)

M.
 

mike3996

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Just my opinion, but: If you can get your hands on a Summarit, get it. It's a phenomal lens that's just been discontinued ... I have the 2.4 version, but apart from the minimal focusing distance, the 2.5 version is identical. But I see you have set your sights a bit higher (i.e. faster) ... ;)

M.
A 75 is a landscape lens for me, first and foremost. Speed is not that relevant. A f/2.4 would be very speedy indeed.

The CV 75 Nokton is interesting because it's still very lightweight despite the fast aperture. 7a would be even more interesting (because I assume it'll be landscape worthy at f/8) but at that weight, I don't know. :(

The MSO 73mm, now that's a beautiful thing. A bit pricey and there's the focus shift thing of the Sonnars. If I were to get the Leica SL or something, I'll be all over it in a heartbeat.
 

rayvonn

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there's the focus shift thing of the Sonnars
You really need to use and get familiar with one as you would with any MF lens. I often wonder how this focus shift thing was given the air to breathe given that the issue is hardly uncommon among Leica lenses. Most if not all Sonnar lenses are like jewellery and it would be a shame to miss out.
 
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Alan
Wow... this lens looks like a winner! 😎

Too bad for it it's priced above CV 75/1.5 which is also a Sonnar design(?)
f/Eltsl [mm]m [g]Street price
7artisans1.257/673600435 GBP
Leica Noctilux1.258575 GBP
Leica APO Summicron2.0~~1400+ GBP
Leica Summarit2.46/461345~870 GBP
CV Nokton1.57/663350790 GBP
CV Heliar Classic1.8~395 GBP
CV Color Heliar LTM2.56/565230~200 GBP

What options am I missing from here? :)

I probably should just solve the front focus problem of my Color Heliar and be done with this daydreaming.

Hi Mike, I have the CV Color-Helier f2.5 LTM. Bought it recently in the sub £200 range from a camera exchange in Melbourne. Whilst I admit I tend more to the 85/90mm range I really happy with the results so far. Small and light in comparison, with say my f1.8/85mm Canon LTM or the 90mm
f/Eltsl [mm]m [g]Street price
7artisans1.257/673600435 GBP
Leica Noctilux1.258575 GBP
Leica APO Summicron2.0~~1400+ GBP
Leica Summarit2.46/461345~870 GBP
CV Nokton1.57/663350790 GBP
CV Heliar Classic1.8~395 GBP
CV Color Heliar LTM2.56/565230~200 GBP

What options am I missing from here? :)

I probably should just solve the front focus problem of my Color Heliar and be done with this daydreaming.


Mike, I see you saw my post & photos yesterday re my recently
acquired Color-Helier f2.5/75mm. It was a sub £200 purchase and I like its small, light build. Easier to carry around on a walk than my Canon f1.8/85mm LTM or the Jupiter-9 which has its own issues focusing unless I use the Visoflex EVF on my M10.
 

mike3996

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Mike, I see you saw my post & photos yesterday re my recently
acquired Color-Helier f2.5/75mm. It was a sub £200 purchase and I like its small, light build. Easier to carry around on a walk than my Canon f1.8/85mm LTM or the Jupiter-9 which has its own issues focusing unless I use the Visoflex EVF on my M10.
I know, it's a great lens. I also got mine for 213 € which makes it a sub-£200 purchase. 😎

It's just that the lens doesn't agree with my rangefinder mechanism (some front-focus) so the non-optimal results take some of the pleasure out of it. I guess that's as good a reason for GAS as any! 😎
 
f/Eltsl [mm]m [g]Street price
7artisans1.257/673600435 GBP
Leica Noctilux1.259/69110558575 GBP
Leica Summilux (Mandler)1.47/580600*~4100 GBP
Leica APO Summicron2.0~~1400+ GBP
Leica Summarit2.46/461345~870 GBP
CV Nokton1.57/663350790 GBP
CV Heliar Classic1.8~395 GBP
CV Color Heliar LTM2.56/565230~200 GBP

Apparently several versions with weights from 490 to 600 to 560 grams.

What options am I missing from here? :)

I probably should just solve the front focus problem of my Color Heliar and be done with this daydreaming.


Now y'see, this is exactly what I was talking about in the other thread about how sometimes I'd go window shopping, conduct copious amounts of research, compile lists and prices, and then dream I had the money to actually buy whatever it is I've settled on in my imaginary purchase.
 
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Sydney, NSW, Australia
Real Name
Alan
Traded my CV Color-Heliar f2.5/75mm for the recently discontinued Summarit f2.4/75mm. Love the ability to focus sub 1 metre.
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