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Congratulations on your M240 Abram!
Re 35mm lenses, about a year ago I picked up a VM 35 f/1.2 Nokton (Mk I) at a good price. I really like the way it performs.
Thanks! The lesson for me is that I should have just kept what I had instead of selling my M240 last year. I've just been spiraling out of control with digital equipment becoming increasingly dissatisfied with what's available, or unable to afford what (in my mind) would suit me well. As such I've shot A LOT more film in the past year and really re-awakened my photographic eye and as I've also been less and less reliant upon having an in-camera meter I think now I will be able to do a better job of understanding the strengths of the M240 as a platform and be able to better utilize it. Though to be fair, in the couple years I had mine I produced some of my best work.
Anyways! I had the CV 35mm f/1.2 VII before in the past and I agree it was a very interesting lens. I never had the chance to try the first version out but I found that (at least on the 240) the Nokton was really wonderful up close and "decent" to "okay" at mid-range to infinity. I'm not opposed to trying another one as realistically the 35mm Summilux options are just not on the table right now. I respect Leica glass, I enjoy working with it, but for me, I'm completely open to alternative options as well. I've also been on an older lens kick for a bit but I thought to have one very modern, very high-performance lens for tough low light shooting would make sense.
I am admittedly put off by the bulk of the CV 35 and ZM 35, ironically they're really not THAT big in comparison to today's giant AF lenses, but I find that on the fairly compact M bodies they just seem to be quite large.
To those of you that have been working with them successfully are you able to put aside the size / weight and just enjoy it for what it is?