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11 hours ago, Fefes said:

I don't know if they have a different optical formula, but my Red Scale renders as Marco describes, sharper, somewhat higher contrast, seems to have less astigmatism or clarity of detail all over. The extent to which I look at detail is often looking at 200%, 400% 42MP images, which is quite obsessive. Given my own experience, I am not sure if the lens is different, maybe it's my sample. The Summicron v1 is excellent too, and I have two copies, one is almost perfect. It's a completely different experience, and it's hard to compare them. They are too different.

Yes... the Elmar RS is still today an excellent 50 ; but.. when you speak of your tests, do you mean that you have compared two (or more) different RS items ? The original question in the old thread was if all the RS have the same optics.

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