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    Yes, the 28mm f/2 is a “magical” lens, I have the ZF version and love it.
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    So I ended up buying a Leica R Summicron 50mm after talking with Peter from RP Lens. It's a 3XXXXXX serial, which I understand are the better of the series. I haven't had a chance to work with them, and there aren't many cinematographers in my area that might have one to rent/borrow. I should have it by early next week, so we'll see how I like it. If it's good, I'll send it off for a cine-mod. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there was something about the Zeiss that I couldn't jive with. They look like great lenses, but it wasn't the flavor I was after.
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    Good,choice, Leica lenses are very nice, and would be my first choice outside the 28mm f/2 Zeiss.
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    Good,choice, Leica lenses are very nice, and would be my first choice outside the 28mm f/2 Zeiss.
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    I'm starting to drive myself nuts because it has a 32xxxxx serial, and I'm second guessing whether I should've looked a bit longer for something over 34xxxxx. Ah well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mralmostpopular View Post
    I'm starting to drive myself nuts because it has a 32xxxxx serial, and I'm second guessing whether I should've looked a bit longer for something over 34xxxxx. Ah well.
    Hey, how are Your impressions after using Leica R glasses? I am on the fence now to start to build Leica R mini set form My Ursa mini 4.6K.
    P.S. Do You think it is worth to pay extra for Summicron over Elmarit?
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    The terms Summicron and Elmarit usually correlate directly with the f/stop, thus "SUMMICRON" means the very best f/2 lens, both in optical design and a fast f/stop for a normal photography lens. The bigger difference is between lenses made befor the 1990’s and those later, which are an APO design added in then1990s. Summicron lenses are all f*2.0, and a little larger than the Elmarit, which are f/2.8.
    Both optically are excellent lenses, with the Summicron being one stop faster. So the trade off is a faster lend or s smaller lighter lens.
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    I own a (nearly) full set of CY lenses, but the 18mm is sometimes too slow for me at f4 and the 21mm too expensive.
    So I combined them with the Sigma 18-35mm for the wide end. With a bit of diffusion on the Sig they can be matched quite well in post, color characteristics are not too far off. Leica are phantastic lenses too, but in my opinion harder to match.
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    For information about different Leica R lenses, I found this site helpfull:

    https://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica...x_Focal_Length

    The forum discussions under each lens are useful when deciding what lenses to get. It´s not always so straight forward with these lenses. For example 90mm 2.8 being sharper then 90mm 2.0. etc.
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    Reduser has a lot of information on Leica-R lenses too.
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