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| p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Another Leica convert (PICS ADDED at page 5) |
Leica has been making lenses longer than most of us have been around on the earth (including myself, BTW). There are at least 3 generations of Leica 50mm Summicrons (I can be off here since I don't have the Leica Compendium by Erwin Puts handy). In general, each time they introduced an upgrade, the upgrade is approximately 2 stops better than the predecessor in terms of contrast, resolution, etc. With other words, the new f/2.0 lens will perform approximately at wide open aperture at the same level as the f/4.0 setting of its predecessor. In general, you want to get the latest version if sharpness, contrast, (lack of) vignetting, etc. is what you are after. Some people prefer the "softer" look of an older lens without coating or a single layer of coating can give for portraits. Yes, they can be pretty and flattering but that effect can easily be created on PS. On the other hand, images taken with soft lenses cannot be made to look like they were taken with modern lenses showing the brilliance, contrast, sharpness, colors, etc. without showing too much of the digital artifacts.
One word of caution, beware of the slippery slope ahead of you...