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JonhJ, nice set of 28s.
John, love the lux. i'm on the fence about it. how do you like it?
I love it. It's not a perfect lens and it's not for everyone but I've certainly not looked for a replacement in the last 20 years that I've had it. I've had fast Contax, FD and EF 85's too.
I don't really use the Lux very often these days but that's mainly because I have quite a few lenses in this focal length, from enlarging lenses on helicoids to Medium format on T/S adapters. But when I want to shoot portraits then I find this is my best lens for the task (or the Leica R 180/2.0 if room allows). I really like it's rendition wide open or particularly at F2. When stopped down to F8 it's just very sharp and, dare I say, boring. If you want a sharp lens stopped down then you don't need this lens at all as there are plenty to choose from. When wide open it gives a slight veil of softness but with excellent resolution (just lower contrast due to increased SA). I love that look and it works well in many situations such as portraits, scenic or pictorial applications. Most fast 80-85's have some focus shift as does the Lux.
Do you already have one (and are deciding to keep or sell) or are you trying to decide if you should buy one? If you can try before you buy you would be much better off, IMHO. They are not cheap and you can buy a lot of glass for the price.
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