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Hello everyone,

 

I am a Leica M7 user thinking of changing to a M10.  At the moment I have the Voigtlander 35mm Nokton because it's fast, small and cheaper than Leica.  The lens has performed quite well on film but does vignette heavily, some of which can be corrected in Lightroom.  Would the lens perform well enough on the M10, if stopped down for f2 or f2.8?  The lens is newish, but not coded.  I have in mind as an alternative a used Summarit which is not as fast (not such a problem on digital) but would be coded.  Would the change be worthwhile?  Thoughts welcome please.

 

Keith

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No experience with the M10 sorry. I have a CV 35/1.4 "SC" but this lens has too much focus shift to be used on digital rangefinders as far as my R-D1, M8.2 and M240 are concerned. I've got no focusing problems with the EVF of my M240, digital CL and Sony A7s mod though but i focus stop down which may explain that. As for the Summarit 35 i have the f/2.5 version. It is a very good lens indeed but it is a bit soft at edges and corners below f/5.6 and it has too much CA for my tastes so i prefer the ZM 35/2.8 which has more vignetting though and is very contrasty which can be a problem if digital post processing is not your cup of tea. Now the Summicron 35/2 asph is hardly better than the Summarit 35/2.5 as far as CA is concerned so it is a matter of compromise as usual. 

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I have both the CV 1.4 and Summarit 2.5. While I like the CV (for the reasons you list) and have gotten some great pictures with it, on the M10 the Summarit 35 is my favorite lens. The digital sensor is less forgiving than film, and shows the focus shift with aperture on the CV that don't show on film.

The M10 doesn't need the 1.4 aperture as it does great with high ISO settings, and while the CV is pretty good at f2, it can't compare to the Summarit.

I've also used a Zeiss 35 2.0, and while the images are great, I prefer the small size and handling of the Summarit 2.5 - it has the best of both.

I used a Summicron (1969) for decades on film, and my CV was about its equal at f2, but both seem soft compared to the Summarit at 2.5.

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Thank you all, some good options. I have a 75mm Summarit and have been very impressed with the quality, design and handling for a 'cheap' Leica lens. The CV 35 1.7 does look very good but may be a little large.  I will look more closely at the ZM 35mm 2.8 and Leica Summarit.   

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I have first version of Summarit-M 35 and it is one of the best lenses I ever owned for digital and film. In any mount. It is aspherical, sharp, but not clinical and not flat at all as Voigtlander 35 2.5 is. 

Yet, I'm still considering getting of 35 1.4 VM, at some point. Just because it is not so expensive, build like RF lens and it is f1.4 instead of f2.5. All due to M-E ISO2500 limit and film ISO3200 limit. But on M10 it is irrelevant.  

 

The only negative of Summarit-M 35 lenses I see is in some visible distortions. But it doesn't bugs me personally. What bugs me is  design of Ultron 37 1.7 LTM and VM. Very good lenses optically. But... Who makes 35mm RF lenses without focus tab these days?

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35mm is the only focal length that I have more then one lens in M mount.  The Zeiss 35f2.8C Biogon is my favorite of all the one's I have tried-very sharp and very contrasty (perhaps too much so for some taste).  I also enjoy the 35f1.2 for available darkness but it is BIG.  

 

Both have been giving great results on my new MP240.

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35mm is the only focal length that I have more then one lens in M mount.  The Zeiss 35f2.8C Biogon is my favorite of all the one's I have tried-very sharp and very contrasty (perhaps too much so for some taste).  I also enjoy the 35f1.2 for available darkness but it is BIG.  

 

Both have been giving great results on my new MP240.

Try a Voigtlaander 35 f1.7

 

You’ll be spoiled quickly.

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