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Summilux 50mm f1.4 v2 vs. pre-asph

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I guess there have been numerous threads on pre-asph and asph Summilux 50mm f1.4 but I would like to know what people prefer between the second version and the "third version" (pre-asph but with built-in hood and shorter minimum focus distance). I personally think that the "third version" is sharper and the 70cm minimum focus distance vs. 1m is nice but with the same brand B+W UV/IR filter attached, the "third version" seems to have more of the magenta cast. Your feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Optically they are identical. The focusing helix is steeper on the last version and it focuses closer, as you note. If you are seeing a color difference, it might be attributable to changes in coating. I have owned several versions and settled on the last pre-ASPH but it's a close call. It is a magnificent lens, imo.

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