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Lucio L.

Leica R 35mm advice

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Hi there!
I'm new to the Leica universe and I'm currently in the market for a 35mm with R mount.
Being a filmmaker,  top notch build quality and long focus throw are crucial to me, that's why I'd like to test some Leica lenses.
I work with Super35 sensors (similar to APS-C in size) so rendition at the edges of the 35mm frame is irrelevant to me.
Field curvature, CA, contrast and sharpness, on the other hand, are very important factors.
I'm looking for a lens that's fully usable at f/2 or at least 2.8, so even an Elmarit could be okay.
I hope that's enough information to receive some advice from the experienced Leica users.
Thank you in advance for your help!
Lucio

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Welcome Lucio,

If Elmarit-R 35mm (this one "III" ) , consensus from many people this is the best 35mm R lens.

Even with very demanding Kodachrome (my film days), I've found that my Summicron-R II ( like this one from wiki ... ) is good enough so never want another 35mm R, like

Summilux-R 35mm scarse and very expensive/weighthy .

I had never seen "bad 35mm R lens", if in good shape of course.

Tough of Leica R lens history :

When changing lens, I dropped my then 35mm Summicron-R from the height of my motobike on the road.

The focus ring was locked to infinity, but the rest was ok for the rest of my month long trip.

When I came back home I've replaced with another one that I always use.

The old Cron sold "cheap" (price of a filter ! ) to a happy tinkerer who was able to unlock the focus ring.

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Your options are Summilux f1.4, Summicron f2 or Elmarit f2.8. 

If you're not using it on an R camera then you can benefit by looking for one of the earlier 1 or 2 cam lenses which usually sell for less than the 3 cam or 'R' lens. Look for a version 1 Summicron, I think you'd be very happy with that. 

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Thank you very much for the answers!
The Summicron is definitely the most attractive, due the speed/price balance, but I just found an Elmarit III version for a good price, so I'm leaning toward it, considering what a.noctilux wrote. I'm just not sure if the lens I found it's actually a third version. It has a built-in hood and a SN over 296XXXX, but the scale of distances ends with 3-5-10m instead of 2-4-10m like in the picture I see in the leica-wiki link. Are there 2 different versions of the III version?

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Build in hood is definetly series III, only the inscriptions have been changed around 1988. By the way, series II (with the square shaped hood) shares the same optics.

 

 

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Just received the lens. Unfortunately, there's definitely something wrong with it, despite it looks and feels like new.
It doesn't focus beyond 50cm and everithing is a blurred mess. Gonna return it and try again...

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Am 8.4.2019 um 12:48 schrieb Lucio L.:

It doesn't focus beyond 50cm and everithing is a blurred mess.

Wow, that looks like the lens was disassembled and then put together incorrectly. Normally, an Elmarit-R 35 should be tack sharp.

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I can recommend buying R lenses from Dr. Thomas Merkt in Germany. His prices are very competitive and I have never had a bad used lens from him either M or R. He sells on eBay under the name of http://www.ebay.de/usr/toms-camera-laden The other folk I would recommend are Ffordes in Scotland. I have been using them since they were in Essex, more years ago than I care to remember. You get a no-quibble service from them and they will immediately refund if there is a problem with anything. 

Wilson

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