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Will be interesting to see how you go. Not sure I fancy getting used to focusing that long a focal length on a RF but would be grateful for some tips.With two Nikkor 135 mm lenses and a 105 mm lens for my Df I still want to expand my 135mm selection by a lens.
This time for Leica M. Maybe the goggled Elmarit 135/2.8.
After a Nikon frenzy the pendulum is swinging back towards Leica and "M is my love" line of thinking.
I wonder this myself. The long lenses have a long throw so they're not for the fastest action anyway. At the same time goggles and magnifier optics help a lot. Goggled lenses have some usability related issues: they don't fit that comfortably in a bag when not in use, and so on.Will be interesting to see how you go. Not sure I fancy getting used to focusing that long a focal length on a RF but would be grateful for some tips.
I acquired a Tele-Elmar 135 f/4 recently (the second of the earlier versions, not the modern style lens - the optics are the same) and find that while it certainly isn't an action lens, focusing it isn't harder than with the Elmarit-M 90mm f/2.8. It's not what I'd call "a breeze", but it can be done with a sufficiently high success rate.Will be interesting to see how you go. Not sure I fancy getting used to focusing that long a focal length on a RF but would be grateful for some tips.
... but a Leica lens keeps its value!... Voïgtlander is good...
... but a Leica lens keeps its value!
You know, that's what I thought as well - until I discovered the Voigtländers ... As I found out, the f/1.2 Nokton is capable of holding its own against a Summicron V (which is smaller, but also slower), and the f/1.5 Nokton delivers, too (not on the level of any Leica lens, but very nicely in terms of overall IQ). Between the two, I'm pretty well served - the f/1.5 Nokton is quite small and light, too.To be honest, if I ever had a Leica lens, I'd never sell it so its value is moot.
Or it may just be me or my sample. If it suits you: Fine by me. But I just don't see all that stuff the way it's advertised, I'm sorry to say.I think it's just me then but to my eye the 50mm Summicron is the gold standard of the Leica look: micro contrast, bokeh, everything. That's why I want one. Sadly it's just hard to justify getting one as I have a fantastic one for good light and for poor light I could do with more than f/2.
That’s the only thing that would hang in the back of my mind, does it need servicing. Alas this is what rangefinder owners have to do. Also, have you used it with a film camera?Or it may just be me or my sample. If it suits you: Fine by me. But I just don't see all that stuff the way it's advertised, I'm sorry to say.
I just tried again - I can't get mine to perform well wide open at short and middle distances (I can't check for further distances in any meaningful way - it's nighttime). Sharpness is lacking - though it may just be the case that it's backfocusing somewhat, but to tell the truth, I compared against the f/1.5 Nokton (the *lesser* of the two Noktons), and the Voigtländer was consistently sharper - even wide open at f/1.5, and just comparing the sharpness plane. What's more, my Elmar-M (50mm f/2.8, late second version - unassuming, yet very nice) does a much better job wide open than either the Summicron or the Nokton at f/2.8. Again, the Nokton still beats the Summicron. I didn't dig out other 50mm lenses, just quick and dirty ...
But I think it's best to bite the bullet and have it looked at by Leica. A couple of hours of driving - but a nice enough route ...