Recommended LTM wide-angle - probably 28mm

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Lenses' started by stillshunter, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. stillshunter

    stillshunter Leica Place Regular

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    Dec 26, 2013
    Well I'm enjoying getting to know my IIIf. The Summicron (50mm) has its quirks but I really like its balance of contrast and sharpness, well ultimately its rendering so far. The IIIf has been transformed since getting the SBOOI (50mm viewfinder) and that bright 1:1 view is a revelation. This VF has me thinking of the potential for other lenses and so far the only thing I've found myself needing is a wide angle. Having done some research Cosine Voigtlander (CV) can give me anything from 15mm in LTM mount.:cool: There are some local (Aussie) deals on either a CV 21 or 25 both with accessory VFs. I like the idea but the more I ruminate the more I wonder if a 28mm wouldn't be more sensible for day-to-day use. What do you think, is the next step best a 28mm?

    If so, are there any 28mms you might recommend? So far the best proposition seems to be the CV28/3.5….

    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  2. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    28mm is my widest for the rangefinder cameras. The Voigtlander lens- small, well suited to the IIIf. The Nikkor 28/3.5 in Leica Mount comes up on Ebay, is tiny. I have it in S-mount, a good lens. Same with the Canon 28/3.5.
     
  3. stillshunter

    stillshunter Leica Place Regular

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    Dec 26, 2013
    Thank Brian. I'd thought about the Canon 28/3.5 but it seems quite pricey - being more expensive in most cases than the Voigtlander. I assume the Voigtlander has a more modern higher contrast rendering than the Canon or Nikon? I've come to appreciate lower contrast with B+W film. I'll have a look for the Nikkor.

    There's also a few Avenon 28/3.5 available? :hmmm:

    Meanwhile Voigtlander 28/3.5 and Ultron 28/1.9 are going for very similar money. I don't really need speed - though it is handy to have available - is the f3.5 still the better option?
     
  4. stillshunter

    stillshunter Leica Place Regular

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    Dec 26, 2013
  5. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Ouch! My S-Mount 28/35 was $300.

    If the 28/1.9 and 28/3.5 are about the same price- go for the 1.9! My 35/1.7 Ultron is a favorite.