After a busy Saturday going to some classes.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Clockwise from top left: 35mm Summaron, 50mm Summitar, 50mm Summar, 50mm Elmar, 35mm Elmar, 28mm Color Skopar and 50mm collapsible Summicron [on the Leica IIIa].
There is a noticeable difference between the lenses - the Summitar gives a slightly softer less contrasty look, which is nice for portraits. The Summicron is sharper and gives more vivid, richer colours.
I now have acquired a few more Leica LTM lenses and it is fun to compare them. The Summar I rarely use because mine has a bit of haze and flares a lot, which along with its soft look is just too much for regular photography. My favourites are the 50mm Elmar, which gives simple and sharp pictures, and the 28mm Color Skopar, which gives amazingly vivid and sharp wide angle pictures (noticeably better than a Pentax 28mm lens I have on an SLR).
I also like the 35mm Summaron for its plain and honest rendition of images - a good general purpose lens. Its older 35mm brother the Elmar gives some stunning, almost 3D images and fills in the shadows somehow - but mine is a bit hazy too. Wish I had a clear example.