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Do you ever buy a lens just because it looks good?
Old 05-07-2010   #1
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Do you ever buy a lens just because it looks good?

Would you, could you ever do that? Although I do not own this lens, I think it is a real good looking lens.

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P.S. My grammar is really poor. I meant, Would you ever buy a lens just because it looks good?
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The Summitar. We've since parted. Not that it was a bad lens. It worked great. It was just useless considering I have the Summilux.
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The Summitar. We've since parted. Not that it was a bad lens. It worked great. It was just useless considering I have the Summilux.
Man, Swoop you have awesome kit.
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Old 05-07-2010   #4
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No, I wouldn't buy a lens based on its good looks. But I would buy and have bought a lens based on looking at images taken by that lens.
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Shallow Hal: that Ultron is too small
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It reminds me of a joke I heard:

I man is walking down the road with a horse on a lead ... it's a very handsome black stallion and attracts a lot of attention from all who see it.

He is approached by another man who comments on the beauty of the animal and says he will buy it at whatever price the owner asks ... the man mutters "He no look good!" and walks away. Not to be shaken off easily the wealthy potential buyer follows him and keeps offering higher and higher amounts to which the owner responds in exactly the same way ... "He no look good!"

Eventually the owner is worn down by the ever increasing offers and the money subsequently changes hands ... the horse is passed to it's new owner who proudly leads it home to brag of his new possession to his friends.

The next day he discovers that the horse is actually completely blind and is so incensed that he was duped that he contacts the seller and demands his money back ... but to no avail.

The seller's response was simple ... "I told you but you didn't listen, that horse, he no look good!"
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It reminds me of a joke I heard:

I man is walking down the road with a horse on a lead ... it's a very handsome black stallion and attracts a lot of attention from all who see it.

He is approached by another man who comments on the beauty of the animal and says he will buy it at whatever price the owner asks ... the man mutters "He no look good!" and walks away. Not to be shaken off easily the wealthy potential buyer follows him and keeps offering higher and higher amounts to which the owner responds in exactly the same way ... "He no look good!"

Eventually the owner is worn down buy the ever increasing offers and the money subsequently changes hands ... the horse is passed to it's new owner who proudly leads it home to brag of his new possession to his friends.

The next day he discovers that the horse is actually completely blind and is so incensed that he was duped that he contacts the seller and demands his money back ... but to no avail.

The seller's response was simple ... "I told you but you didn't listen, that horse, he no look good!"
Aussie humor, nice.
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Old 05-07-2010   #8
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Yes, the Leica 50 Summicron Dual Range. Fortunately, it performed even better than it looked!
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Old 05-07-2010   #10
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Yes. I'm one of those shallow folks. When I first set my sight on the Canon 50m f/1.5 LTM, I know I just got to have it. Same for the Canon 25mm f/3.5 LTM lens. So tiny!!

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Keith, still laughing at that joke
That's funny stuff.
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I'm another Shallow Hal. I SOLD a lens Because I didn't like its design. It was a Leica Elmar 90mm f4 thread mount... it just looked strange on my M6TTL bodies.
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I'm another Shallow Hal. I SOLD a lens Because I didn't like its design. It was a Leica Elmar 90mm f4 thread mount... it just looked strange on my M6TTL bodies.
I mean, it does sorta look like something Laurence Olivier would be holding in Marathon Man...



But it takes really pretty pictures.
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Old 05-07-2010   #14
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I think the look of the tiny Leica lenses is what first got me interested in rangefinders. Small silver or black jewels. I presently own a near mint 50mm Summicron DR. Its size, design, weight and overall look is gorgeous.
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Old 05-07-2010   #15
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Yes, good looking is very important to me.
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those CV nickel lenses are sweet

If I had the cash lying around I'd buy the new nickel version of the CV 50/3.5 .
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Shallow Hal: that Ultron is too small
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I mean, it does sorta look like something Laurence Olivier would be holding in Marathon Man...



But it takes really pretty pictures.
You bet it does!

However, you also should have seen the looks I got when I carried that combination about places like Chicago and Barcelona...
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Ha!, Solares, I sold my 90mm Elmar for the same reason. (that, and I wanted a 2.8.)

I have never bought a lens just because it looks good, but it definitely figures in to the equation. I like using stuff that I consider beautiful...it makes me happy to pick it up.
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No, I wouldn't buy a lens based on its good looks. But I would buy and have bought a lens based on looking at images taken by that lens.
Silly me!
I always thought that was the only reason to buy a lens; because it produced quality images.
Now I find out there is a "cool factor" to be considered.
What a schmuck I've been all these years!
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Live and learn, eh, rbsinto? I don't recall ever getting a lens just because it looks good, but OTOH, looking good is not a bad thing. Similarly, looking bad is not a good thing...
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I never understood why people with expensive gear feel the need to convince everybody else that it was some technical necessity that made them buy it and they had to have the best of something for some complicated reason related to elaborate results. Why cant people say I bought it coz I wanted it? Is it a macho thing? Real men dont need nice things? Yeah right.

The way I see it for the amateur photographer everything matters. The result matters a lot, but also the experience and the joy of the process. If its important for somebody that the lens looks good or the camera sounds and feels good I'm not gonna criticise it. For many people photography is their break from work and they want to enjoy everything about it.
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Looks cool. Rather impractical. I have better, faster lenses that are smaller than this is when collapsed.
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not a lens....but a 903swc camera...
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On a number of occasionsI have decieed on a bad looking lens when in the market for one. I shoot street and prefer using gear then thats looking harmless, old and abused
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Old 05-09-2010   #28
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I buy ALL my photo gear because its good looking ! And when I walk around in the streets it really suits me and I look good too! Too bad, that my pictures don't look as good as my lenses do !
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Well, all my film cameras got female alias, no doubt that they must look good I've sold them recently but Zuiko lenses and OM-1 were bought to be beautiful.
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Well, all my film cameras got female alias, no doubt that they must look good I've sold them recently but Zuiko lenses and OM-1 were bought to be beautiful.
Your mentioning this reminds me of what an ex (a Japanese photog) said when I first hunted for an Olympus Pen F(V). She said they were well known as the "girl's camera" because of the nice looks.

Well, she's gone, but I still have the FV.
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Nope. Its an interesting concept. I have always found the company of beautiful women infinitely more pleasurable. My cameras are for taking photographs!
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I admit a longing for CZJ zebra normal lens in M42. I have no need for it ...
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NO, never based solely on looks, but aesthetics do come into play for me...
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Yes and no. I´ve a VC 35f/1.2 on loan, and I can´t bring myself to put it on the R-D1. The R-D1 isn´t the smallest of RFs, but that lens is a monster, I use the VC 35/f1.4 instead. The 28/f1.9 is nearly as big as the bigger 35, but just small enough to handle well on the camera.

When looking for a compact 90 in the f2-4 range I ended up with the Konica M-Hexanon 90/f2.8 as a result of good write-ups, but also due to its good looks and compact good build.
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I have never bought a lens for its looks.
I have been interested in some women over the years because of their looks.
I married my wife because of who she was.

I agree with the SWC choice ....
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if it weren't for the fact that I ALSO like the way it performs and that its small size is very handy, I might lump my 35/3.5 Summaron in this category.

It's smaller than the Kobalux VF on the M8 in the background.



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Hmm. I did just recently buy a 40 summicron because I wanted a small lens to plop on my M8 when I want to travel light.
Of course, I wouldn't have purchased it if I weren't also convinced that it is a great lens.
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Yes, i did. A Summarit 1,5/50mm.



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Wait, you mean ugly lenses take pictures too?
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I fortunately never considered buying a lens just because it looked good. And I consider myself very-very lucky to have that line of thought.
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