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Anyone catch this M240 & 28 Cron review by Tim Ashley?
I might have become mildly hooked on tricky lenses (such as the 35 Lux or the Nikkor 28mm F1.8G) because here, with the 28 Cron, I have a solid, reliable lens that doesn't mess me about. With the exception of the potential for some residual colour cast issues and the need to stop down to F8 for certain kinds of scene, it does pretty much what you want pretty much all of the time. But I don't expect it to remain current much longer than the current or next generation M: it needs a makeover at some point. Not urgently, but soon-ish. It should achieve edge sharpness by F5.6 and the colour shifts should be better controlled.
And it's boring.
I don't have the M, so can't comment on how the character of the lens has changed compared to the M9. My feeling was stopping down to f/4 on the M9 was sufficient for good across the frame sharpness. But I agree colour shifts were never fully resolved with this lens, particularly green bottom corners.
And it seems many of us here got the lens for its somewhat unique-for-Leica rendering qualities, so a bit odd to read it referred to as boring.
Thanks for the comments on my previous sets! Just to clarify for Phil, I did some PP on each of the images, including some skin tone adjustment/smoothing, primarily to compensate for the strongly downward light of the overcast sky, though not really much global clarity fiddling for those. For the non-people scenes I boosted clarity a fair amount in some, as well as tone curve contrast, some saturation, etc..
Michael - nice set from Qingdao. The Cron can look quite modern if you want it to.
Joakim - no worries - the lens seems to appear fairly frequently on various buy & sell boards. I'm just borrowing this one, so will also have to look for my own copy eventually! Lovely rendering in those images.
Allen - great set, love the variety!
Phil - cool looking place, but sounds a bit scary.