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35 mm summicron, 4th version, Canadian "King of Bokeh". You may be able to get one for under a thousand USD if you are lucky. A very sharp lens with beautiful out of focus areas. You cannot go wrong with it for the price. I use mine 80% of the time with my M8, alot of shots wide open at f2.0, razor sharp!!!

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On my M7 and MP, it would be the 35lux.

On my M8.2, sadly, I only have the 28 Elmarit. Works wonderfully, and inexpensive. My wish list, is a 28 Cron.

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40mm Summicron. My favourite by a good margin, equates to approx 50mm on the M8, works with the 35mm framelines, great bokeh and tonal range, sharp as a tack and less than £200!

 

Graeme

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I use a 28, f2.0 for about 8 out of 10 pics with an M6. That's why I haven't bought an M8 yet. Cropped to 37mm is just too narrow (blinkered). I'd have to buy a 21mm and don't have that much cash. (I've never borrowed money).

Patrick

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Summicron 40mm. I bought the Summicron 1971 for my CL and it is still my favourite lens on the M8. This might change when I get my Summicron 75 on Monday, but I doubt it.

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I had the crop factor in mind - it's gonna be around for a while, I went for the widest possible; the WATE. I use it 60% of the time, at least.

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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

 

Congratulations,Mike!

Many boasts about their impressive set of lenses. Takes a great photographer to make pictures like yours and the concentration on photographing, rather than big-bag carrying and gear talking. It's already hard to keep a New Year resolution to only use one lens for a whole year as I do with my Tri. (Mind you, there still is the D700, here too. But also only with one lens: 1.4/28

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