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Allen - very cool!
Joakim - interesting!
Enjoyed your last couple sets Charlie!
At least it's not like the CV35/1.2... which I think is one of the better all-around 35s I've tried.
The ZM35/2.8 was one of my first lenses with the M9... I think it's decent, but in my recent RF shootout on the a7R compared against the M9, I didn't think it was all that hot for technical performance (on the M9) in the outer zone of near infinity scenes until it was well stopped down. While the ZM35/2 seems to have some SA, or some kind of slight haziness wide open...Show more →
I remember that! Funny thing is that's exactly how I feel about 21mm... It's the focal length for which I often carry two lenses, the SEM and Lux.
I'd like to see Leica address some of the moderate speed lenses with mid zone dips. But if the 50 Cron AA is an example of how they're going to do it, I doubt I'll be able to afford it...
So tell me: would the pre-asph 50 lux impress me over the CV nokton 50 1.5?
I believe Gary might still have this lens, but not sure if he remembers much about the CV.
The pre-ASPH is another lens which I had too brief of an opportunity to try. I think Derek is pretty spot on, as portraiture is what I imagined to be a good application. My understanding is it needs some stopping down for good across frame sharpness for whenever you need that. I think the CV is somewhat similar, with a central sweet spot at wider apertures. Where there is likely some difference is bokeh... the pre-ASPH is a bit more lively than the ASPH and the CV might sit between the two. Also, the CV has a tendency to purple fringe in high contrast scenes at wider apertures... not sure about the Leica, but would be surprised if it did, at least to the same extent. My impression is also the pre-ASPH will be a bit richer, at least in similar front-lit scenes, though my copy of the CV is the older version which apparently has less effective coatings than the new one (but same optics).
I think the CV might even be slightly sharper than the ASPH centrally and wide open... at least at nearer distances where I see a bit of glow with the ASPH.
The ASPH is also not as simple a lens to shoot with as one might expect, in part due to its mid zone sharpness dip at moderate apertures. It's great wide open, or well stopped down... but I have a difficult time getting focus in the right place, or even decent sharpness, with subjects placed in the rule of thirds areas and at around f/2.8... an application where a 'perfect' lens like the 50AA or Otus would likely be much better, but also $$$$.
Still milking the ice storm... but this is the last of it. I should get out and shoot some spring scenes, as it's finally turning green here too, and also very quickly.
Edward, you mentioned the last set I posted had less sparkle... It's probably because the sun had set, or was very close to it...
M9 & 50 Lux ASPH