Having collected way too many 50mm LTM and L lens, I decided to have a "shoot-out". This is by no means a "scientific" test, limited by my 'copy' of the lens, uncertain focusing accuracy on my part, minor changes in light, and any camera shake I introduced.
I merely wanted to see how my gear would stack up against each other in a real-life situation, so that I could decide how/where to 'thin the herd'. I am merely comparing sharpness and overall tone.
Aperture priority (Most shots about 1/180th sec)
Distance about 10 feet.
During the 20 minute shoot, the light changed minimally but was generally soft and bright.
Lens prices ranged fro $300 to $4000, all in Mint/Mint- condition, no marks on lens, but only one lens (Summilux V2) recently CLA'd
The lenses were as follows (Alphabetical order)-
1. Canon 50/1.4 LTM
2. Canon 50/1.5 LTM
3. Leica Summarit 50/1.4 M
4. Leica Summicron M 50/2 V3 ? (Tabbed, no built-in hood)
5. Leica Summilux M 50/1.4 V2
6. Leica Summilux M Asph 50/1.4
7. VC Color-Skopar 50/2.5 LTM
8. VC Heliar 50/2 M
9. Zeiss ZM Planar 50/2 M
Here are the 100 % crops from the center of the field.
I selected "all" in LR4, and "Auto-Sync'd" to make identical
minor adjustments in sharpening, tone, and White balance.
You might enjoy guessing which lenses took which images. I plan to post the lens/image matching list in a couple of days--