Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/11/10

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Subject: [Leica] Hexanon 50mm/1.2 (from Limited set) against 50mm Summilux pre-ASPH E46...?
From: henningw at (Henning Wulff)
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 15:57:56 -0800
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At 6:23 PM -0500 11/10/09, Mark Rabiner wrote:
>>  alex i have both of these lenses. both have their merits. the hex is a 
>> bit
>>  bigger, i usually shoot @ 1.4 and the results are just fantastic, very
>>  creamy much better than the pre-lux @ 1.4. but i had to send my konica to
>>  dag for a little adjustment that said both of the lenses are superb
>>  On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 6:31 AM, <alex at> wrote:
>>>  I'm considering expanding my low-light capabilities by some good fast
>>>  (under f/2) 50mm lens. Right now I have an offer for Hexanon 
>>>50mm/1.2 from a
>>>  Limited set (as sold once with Hexar RF Limited) for around 1700-1800 
>>> US$.
>>>  50mm ASPH Lux according to its current market value (used, of course) is
>>>  way out of my reach, however 50mm Lux pre-ASPH E46 is also on my list 
>>> as a
>>>  contender for my money. I mean E46 version with 0.7m close 
>>>focusing ability.
>>>  So, what would be a common wisdom regarding the choice of that Hexanon
>>>  againts Lux pre-ASPH E46 ?
>>>  I know Hexanon is a larger one physically and may block probably some 
>>> 20%
>>>  of the view through my 0.85 M7, but is some third stop faster (probably 
>>> not
>>>  issue between 1.4 and 1.2 though). On the other hand, Lux appears to be
>>>  slimmer (on pictures, never held one in my hands yet) probably 
>>>leaving clear
>>>  viewfinder view.
>>>  But what about their comparative performance ?
>>>  What would be fair price ballpark for a used good copy of 50mm Lux 
>>> pre-ASPH
>>>  E46 ?
>>>  Thanks, Alex
>A Canon or Nikon lens lens looks like a high quality Japanese lens to me
>worthy of using on top gear by dedicated people.
>The Konica glass looks real cheap.
>Pay a lot of money for them?
>Put them on my Leica? Use them?
>No way in hell.
>I'm not going to save money buy using cheap glass.
>I'll use the best glass I can  find and save money on a camera. Or car.
>Mark William Rabiner

It appears you haven't seen the Konica lens in question. Closer to 
Leica quality of construction than any other lenses I can think of, 
including Nikon, Canon, Zeiss etc.


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