I have too many 50mm lenses. Do you too?
I am having too many 50mm lenses in LTL and M mounts, and I wonder if this is a general phenomenum among users of rangefinder cameras. I seem to be owning the following 50mm lenses:
1. Summicron 50/2 rigid first version
2. Summicron 50/2 collapsible in M m
1. Canon 50/1.2
2. Canon 50/1.8
3. Canon 50/2.8
4. Nikon 50/2
5. Zeiss 50/2
I never use the Russian lenses or the Canon 50/2.8. These lenses came with cameras and I did not go out to buy them. I read posting by photographers who state that they would never use such a boring lens, but I like the 50 lens perspective.
The Summicrons are excellent lenses overall and they keep their value for potential resale if desired one day (I doubt it!). Both are high resolution leneses, with the colalpsible one having lower contrast, based on my perception. Maybe I am wrong here.
Canon has nice lenses that seem to be ignored by some Leica users. Is it the lack of prestige or lack of perfomance? I find my Canon lenses sharp and contrasty enough. The 50/1.8 is a great overall performer and the 50/1.2 is not bad at all even wide open for certain type of photos.
The Nikon 50/2 is also a fine peformer. It is very well built and is a sharp lens. As usual, Nikon lenses cost more for same focal length than Canon counterparts.
My last one, the Zeiss, is my current "favorite" for exploration. It is a pre-war version and has just been adjusted by DAG. That's my experience with 50 lenses.