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Hi there folks,

 

Question : if you had to have ONE lens on your M8, which one and why ?

 

I'm about to take the plug and order a 28mm F2 with the rebate and that will leave me broke for the near future, I already have a 15mm Heliar ( which I use loads and makes me wonder if I shouldnt buy a 21mm 2,8 ASPH instead, but Im a sucker for shallow DOF/Bokeh and I can't have that with the 21mm but I can with the 28mm ) and the 50mm 1,4 PreASPH for portraits.

 

So for the next year or so I will be in a no lens territory.

 

If you guys were in the same situation, what lens would you pick ?

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I think you'll get a lot of mileage out of the 28mm Summicron. It's an excellent choice for a one-lens kit - given the range of focal lengths you mention. It will be a good compromise of wide and long enough, and will work well as an in-betweener for the 15mm and 50mm lenses.

 

To top the suggestion off, it's a great lens - it renders and handles beautifully.

 

 

-J.

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28mm f2 ....

 

Bought a used one when I bought the M8, but 'had' to buy more, like 50mm Elmar, 35/f1.4 Nokton, 21/F4 Color Skopar, 35/3.5 Summaron.

 

I thought I would use the 35/1.4 most, and I felt I needed the 21mm 'Wide' - but the 28 is wide enough, and fast enough, to be my favourite pretty much all the time. I still look for excuses to use the other lenses, as not to have to admit I wasted the money

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I'll 'third' the 35mm Summicron ASPH - great prices in the used market. After that, the 50 'lux pre-ASPH for low light - also relatively cheap in the aftermarket.

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If I were only to have a single lens then the 28 'cron or 35 'cron depending upon on how wide/normal you like to shoot. Since you already have the 50 'lux, I'd think that the 28 'cron might be the better focal length.

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I would go with the 28 Cron as well. That and my 50/1.4 are my most used lenses and the 28 cron is used probably 5:1. It's just a very practical, natural focal length for me (on my M7 my 35mm was my favorite for the same reasons).

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I own a 35mm Summilux F/1.4 ASPH, 50mm Summilux F/1.4 ASPH and a 75mm Summicron F/2.0 ASPH.

 

By far, the 35mm 'lux is my favorite all purpose lens. It is razor sharp, great in low light, pulls in a large focal area when I need it and works superbly for close up shots. The bokeh -- when I want it, is superb. Really spectacular for low light street shooting as well. If I could only own one lens it would be my 35MM 'lux.

 

Max Bowers

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Another vote for the 28/2. Great lens. After trying out the 35/2 and the 24/2.8 both of which I liked the 28 became my first lens on M8. It was my only lens for about 6 months.

 

Good luck

 

Joe

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Instead of having other folks 'vote' on this, consult your own style. If your 'normal' lens on a 35mm film camera was 35mm, go for the 28; if it was 50, go for 35. Or if you used a zoom, look at your work & see if wider or narrower FOV tended to work best for you?

 

Kirk

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Well, I used to love the 35 cron on film. However I find I use the 35 lux asph on my M8 more than any other lens. I also have the 28 cron and 50 lux, but the 35 lux is well ahead in usage.

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From what I have read here on the forum, you're probably best off with a 35mm Cron or 28mm Cron. These seem to make up the bulk of images posted and the results are excellent.

 

Andreas

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After using the M8 for a while, i have finally decided on the 28mm Cron ASPH as my "one" lens (although I do enjoy the others).

 

I really miss the field of view of a 35mm.

 

So i will be picking one up tomorrow...I can't wait

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ditto. The 35mm summicron f2 ASPH, becomes "normal" and great depth of field control for portraits, fast, nice bokeh. And the only one I own!!

 

Mike Adams at San Jose State University

 

Hi Mike,

 

Nice to see an SJSU faculty member here. I graduated from SJSU PJ, 1997

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Good question but so much related to what you shoot...

 

For me (mainly street photography) the one and only would be a 35mm Cron, maybe a 28mm Cron.

IMO, on the M8, the avantages of 35mm Cron over 28mm Cron

- can be used as portrait lens with less distortion.

- good balance of getting close but not invading your subject private zone.

- much easier to throw background out of focus.

- smaller and lighter.

- cheaper

- proportion and distortion are the ones of a 35mm but in a 50mm frame. Unless you like the 28mm look, it is more balanced.

On the 28mm side :

- more versatility when composing (subject + background).

- good focal to do both landscape + street photography. Great for travel.

- framelines are the easiest to use on M8, no confusion with other frames.

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You could get a new Elmarit 28mm and not empty the bank account altogether. It depends if you really need the speed or not. The current 28mm is a great lens.

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