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Any AF lens with IQ of the Leica 50s?


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#1 plantagoo

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 20:32

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Hi Folks,

are there any AF lenses that come close to the extrordinary image quality of the Summicron 50, the Summilux 50 ASPH and the APO-Summicron 50 (of course the Noctilux - but it‘s unmatched with its 0.95 aperture anyway)?

I‘m talking about 50mm fullframe equivalent - so 35mm on APS-C.

Hope you understand what I mean... ;)

TIA

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 20:36

None of the present-day SL or TL zooms will disappoint. Nor, may I add, the PanaLeica 4/3rd Vario-Elmarits.


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 20:44

None of the present-day SL or TL zooms will disappoint. Nor, may I add, the PanaLeica 4/3rd Vario-Elmarits.


Thanks a lot. Do you really think that zoom lenses can match the IQ of primes? I thought it‘s common sense that primes are always better (exspecially the Leica M primes). But I never had those you mentioned - mostly because I don‘t like to shoot with zoom lenses.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 21:11

Given their size and speed, primes are often better.

 

Although to some extent that idea dates back to when zooms were young and still being figured out (60s-80s). And depends on where in a zoom's range one tests it. A 50-150 zoom may not do as well at 50mm as a 50mm prime, but a 28-90 may do just as well at 50mm (but won't have f/2 or f/1.4, and will be a lot larger). Just depends on what the lens designer chose to optimize.

 

The Leica-R 70-180 f/2.8 APO (1995), for example, outperforms the: 80mm Summilux-R, 90mm Elmarit/Summicron-Rs, 100mm APO-Elmarit-R(!), 135 Elmarit-R, and non APO versions of 180mms. But not the 135 APO-Telyt-M or 180 APO-Elmarit.


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 02:13

if 50mm fullframe then only 50mm summilux-SL has the closest sibling. other option is 55mm Otus. 


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 02:21

anyway 90-280mm apo SL surpass 50 apo if you look at the mtf chart. the lens is amazing, i tried couple of time. it is the most amazing lens i've ever use. wish i can afford m and SL at the same time




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