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I was going to put this in the Alternative Image Thread but I figured it would be preaching to the choir I recently picked up a Leica 50mm f2 Sumicron.. and I have to say with only half a dozen test shots so far I'm blown away. I highly recommend that anyone with an EOS system pick one up. This is one of the beautiful benefits of the EOS systems, not only do we have access to some of the best AF lens's for sports, action and wildlife... but with adapters you can attach almost anything that resembles a peice of glass in a tube to it. Dont get me wrong.. I love my canon glass.. it's sharp and has speedy AF but after trying out a leica lens I've got a few observations:
- If the Canon 1.8 mkII is on one end of the build quality spectrum.. the 50mm Sumicron is on the other.. the thing's a TANK, if a puma was chasing me, I wouldnt hesitate to brain it with the lens and still be confident it would work perfectly to take a picture of my kill
- the Sumicron is SHARP.. there may be Canon lens's as sharp or sharper at the same aperatures but sharpness isnt everything.. my 50mm mkII is sharp but side by side shots from it look ugly. The mkII's highlights and bokeh especially look garish. The leica glass truly is smooth as silk when it comes to tonal gradiations and bokeh.. the background just MELTS.
- I own some CZ glass as well, and while definatly better in the bokeh and build area than most modern glass, the Leica goes a step further.
I highly recommend that anyone that owns a canon pick up a 50mm Sumicron, it's a cheap way to try some leica glass, the lens and adapter cost me a total of like $300, not bad when you compare it to some L primes like the 50L or 85L, you wont regret it. I'm not going to suggest you abandon your canon glass though, it is top notch as well and definatly has it's place, I wouldnt want to be focusing manually for birds or soccer or fast little kids, but I will definatly be using the Leica whenever I have the time to slow down and take my time.
PS - when I have a chance I'll post some side by side comparisons.
Edited by SmegHead on Jul 19, 2007 at 01:11 PM GMT