Excellent, Michael! I hope you enjoy the 35mm Summilux as much as I do.
The lens has a dual personality. Wide open, and stopped down. Each has
Thanks for the info. Mine has the locking infinity tab. I don't think there
are any optical differences up to the Aspherical.
I made the mistake of borrowing a friends for few weeks. I didn't want to give it back and ever since I did the little voice in my head has been nagging at me. I became too much to bear!
As for the differences, there is a lot of the usual Leica mystery around its production.
Some stories say that the infinity lock version (V1) is superior and that that at some point the glass became unavailable so they changed it a bit to the V2 with reduced performance. Then I hear that later ones approached this high performance again. There are of course coating changes, and it was produced over 40+ years over 2 continents, so there are plenty of opportunities for undocumented changes.
On top of all this, sample variation appears high, but I don't know if there was variation off the production line, or that the older specimens are now over 50 years old and have had a hard life, or if some users just don't have a calibrated rangefinder?
I'm sure someone else knows more about it than me!
Either way, I'm a happy camper.
Edited by michaelwj, 14 April 2016 - 01:26.