The Summarit 35 and Summarit 75 emerge as the best lenses in the range, operating in close vicinity of the Summicron versions. I would even claim that the Summarit 35mm is better than the Summicron ASPH version. The Summarit 75 is not as highly color corrected as the APO version, but in all other respects it is quite close.
Can anyone offer any personal experience to support Puts' claim that the Summarit 35 is better than the Summicron 35 ASPH? If he has said that the Summarit is equal to the Summicron ASPH, that would have been one thing - but to say it is better than the Summicron ASPH is really quite a fantastic claim, IMO.
My initial thought was "Well, I have the 28/2 ASPH already; if the Summarit 35 is even equal to the Summicron 35, what would be the point of paying twice the price of the Summarit in order to get the Summicron??" The 1/2 stop difference in maximum aperture is a total non-issue to me, BTW.
I would particularly like to hear from those who have own both of these 35mm lenses - or have at least had a chance to use both enough to evaluate and compare their performance.
If the Summarit is that good, paying twice as much for the Summicron ASPH just doesn't make much sense to me.
What do you folks think?