35mm ASPH Summicron

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Lenses' started by carlb, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. carlb

    carlb Leica Place Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 1, 2013
    I've decided to try the 35mm ASPH Summicron as a lens for scenic storytelling. That's much of what I like to shoot, so this is an important lens choice to me.

    35mm gives a somewhat wide angle of view, and I'm interested in this particular model to see what can be pulled toward character, sharpness, and at times bokeh.

    For absolute sharpness, the 35mm f2 M-mount Zeiss slightly edges out the Leica. But not so much as to matter much. Toward character and bokeh preferences, nothing jumps out at me just yet. Here are a few shots so far:

    15935673148_5cc236bb43_b. late december sun by cbmn, on Flickr

    16123070655_2cbb451aae_b. track 1 by cbmn, on Flickr

    16046180762_e2fbd8e894_h. road rays by cbmn, on Flickr

    15859423078_e010316f03_b. eisenhower bridge at red wing by cbmn, on Flickr

    15724817545_7b0283ec89_b. last of fall by cbmn, on Flickr

    15859418708_e29fa817f9_k. winter field by cbmn, on Flickr

    15793148782_1d4f8fb583_h. november sunset by cbmn, on Flickr

    15157550173_2df8f29d57_h. early winter rail bed by cbmn, on Flickr

    Question: what other 35mm lenses could I be trying for character?
     
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  2. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    The Nikkor 3.5cm F2.5 and Summaron 35 F2.8 are both 1-2-2-1 Planar formula lenses, the Nikkor has higher-contrast. Both have "swirly Bokeh". If you like a Summitar, give them a try.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/90768661@N02/sets/72157648798151392/

    "Bang for the Buck", smooth Bokeh- the 35/1.7 Ultron is hard to beat.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/90768661@N02/sets/72157649297640325/

    The Nikkor 3.5cm F3.5- tine, inexpensive, classic Tessar formula based on the 3.5cm F3.5 Elmar- but hard-coated optics.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/90768661@N02/sets/72157648365714846/
     
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  3. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
    USA
    Raid
    I bought this year a Nikkor 35/2.5 and a Canon 35/2. The Canon seems to be an excellent lens. I have not yet tried out the Nikkor.
     
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  4. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    The Canon 35/2 is sharp, swirly Bokeh. I sold it to fund the M9.
     
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  5. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
    USA
    Raid
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    Canon 35/2
     
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  6. carlb

    carlb Leica Place Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 1, 2013
    Great photo, Raid! I do have the Canon 50mm f1.4 which I love:

    My son -
    7340000978_a523dc4fae_b. e walks on by cbmn, on Flickr

    Some old guy -
    5292103929_7d9531f242_b. Some grey-haired old guy. by cbmn, on Flickr

    Wild parsnip (I think) -
    7335769348_98db30005e_b. bed of gold by cbmn, on Flickr

    I love what this lens does with high-key and bokeh. If the Canon 35mm f2 has similar characteristics it should be a great one for me ... I think I'll try looking for a copy.

    Thanks!