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Used the lens on my M-P240 - great lens, just tad contrasty..     L

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+1 to Lykaman and Pippy.

I've owned both the versions, and used them on film and digital Ms (both M8s and full frame) and also on my SL. I can't really tell the difference between v1 and v2 to be honest; both superb performers. 

The fact that both versions hold their value well speaks volumes (I base my view on my part-time 'retirement'  job in a main Leica dealer).

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SL, 28 Elmarit-M Asph v2.

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20 minutes ago, wizard said:

I did not know that there are two versions of this lens (I only know the Summicron 2/28 asph exists in two versions). What are the differences between the v1 and v2 Elmarit 2.8/28 asph?

Different hood mounting, first with clip-on hood, second with screw-on hood.

reduced image field curvature ? that I have not noting in mine v 1 lens

 

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first version from Wiki of this site

 

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second version

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3 hours ago, wizard said:

I did not know that there are two versions of this lens (I only know the Summicron 2/28 asph exists in two versions). What are the differences between the v1 and v2 Elmarit 2.8/28 asph?

The main and most obvious difference is that the v2 (11 677 ) has a metal screw-on hood (like the ones on the 35 Summilux FLE and the v2 35 Summicron Asph), whereas the v1 (11 606) has a plastic clip on hood (and easy to lose hood cap) like the v1 35 Summicron Asph.  It is said that the optical formula of the v2 was tweaked a bit to better suit digital sensors.  I can't see a difference. They're both great IMHO.

The metal hood makes the v2 a bit longer and this less compact than the v1.  But neither is a big lens, obviously.

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6 hours ago, kengai said:

I've got the M10 and the CL. I'm thinking about this lens to use on both cameras. What do you think? What experience do you have?

No experience with M10 bt works fine on both M240 and CL. I mean the first version of this lens with plastic hood as i have no experience with the current one.

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I use the Elmarit 28 regularly, but sometimes found it too contrasty (Zeiss Milvus like), so I tried a Summicron 28 and liked the way it shows colours (more in line with the Summilux 50). Corona came and i had no opportunity to trade in the Elmarit and buy the Summicron (used or new). Now after a few Corona weeks and a lot of city walks with the Elmarit, I think I will stick with it. Light, sharp - nothing to complain. Do not know what chemical reaction will take place in my brain when I enter a Leica Store. 😃

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9 hours ago, a.noctilux said:

One of the best creation of Leica.

Some users (not me) even complain it's too compact/small for comfortable use, this may be true.

 

🙄  Good God - some M shooters would find something to whine about if Leica ran a "buy one lens, get two more for free" promotion...

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8 minutes ago, Herr Barnack said:

 

🙄  Good God - some M shooters would find something to whine about if Leica ran a "buy one lens, get two more for free" promotion...

What date does the Promo start? B)  L

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I agree with previous posts.

Nice sharp lens, but personally I find the contrast and red color tint a bit too "hot" on digital. See other's examples above - highway and sand and yellow-green foliage. "Zeissy," as Stephan says.

Size is effectively identical to an M 35 f/2 of any era, and I did not find it too small.

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1 hour ago, adan said:

...personally I find the contrast and red color tint a bit too "hot" on digital...

I only have an M9M and an M-D 262 so colour balance is clearly a non-issue on the first body and as the second has no menu-choices and only shoots RAW files I cannot pre-select Kelvin / white-balance or contrast preference so everything always has to be sorted out in post-prod anyhow but I can't say the 28 ASPH has thrown up more challenges that any other lens I use - quite the reverse.

Perhaps it works differently with other bodies?

:-k

Philip.

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