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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

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There are two 35mm Summilux-M ASPH: the 1994 model, and the 2010 model with floating element. Both have concave front elements, the one portrayed is the 1990-1994 dual-surface Aspherical.

You don't have to make any excuses or apologies for not having sampled every exotic, high-priced lenses on the market, Mike. I suspect most rabid auto enthusiasts have never driven a Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche, or Lamborghini either.

I recently bought for all of $40 a 35mm f/3.5 Super-Takumar lens in M42 screw-mount. It's amazing - compact, gorgeous mechanical construction, and smooth rendering. Sure, it is inferior to one of the new cannon-like 800 gm super 35mm lenses, but I can live with the limitations of my $40 lens.

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If you've tried more than five or six of 'em, good OR bad 35mm or eq. lenses, you're waaay ahead of me.
As a teen in the seventies, having mowed untold numbers of lawns in ridiculously hot/humid Louisiana weather, I finally purchased my first "good" camera, wholly earned by my own toil, a Canon AE-1 with a Canon 50mm f1.8.
A strange thing happened though, every time I saw a scene I liked, and brought the camera/50mm to my eye, I would invariably have to take two or three steps back to get into the frame of that 50mm what I saw that stopped me in the first place.
Light bulb moment!
More saving and a 35mm Canon lens let me stop having to take three steps back to fit into it most scenes that arrested me.
Like many others, a 35mm, or eq. in the crop-frame era, has always been my normal lens.
Now, at 54, and a newly-minted Fujifilm camera owner (X-T20) I'm saving my pennies for my dream lens, that Fuji 23mm f/1.4 lens.
Knowing myself as I do, I'll probably actually buy the snub-nosed 23mm f/2, simply because I'll reach reach it's price on the way to the price of the 23mm f/1.4.
Heck, the super-mega-ultra-awesome lenses of Fuji, Leica are probably wasted on me, I find myself in awe of the images I get walking around with the XF 18-135mm Fuji lens.
Owning the 23mm f/2 Fuji will probably give me the vapors, whereas the 23mm f/1.4 might give me a heart attack to actually own it and see the resulting photos.
For now, I often go out with my X-T20 and a Nikon 24mm AI-s as my one lens when walking around in towns and street areas. That Nikon 24 is still a sweet ride, and I can pretend to be a real photographer out there.
Finally, thank God for the Fuji's focus peaking and the easy zone focus on the Nikon's scale; my fifty-something eyesight wouldn't result in pleasing photos otherwise.

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