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Old 04-26-2013   #1
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Leica Summicron-C 40mm/f2

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an amazing lens for the price. probably THE best bang-for-the-buck Leica lens ever made. As good as any 35mm Summicron i've used from that era.




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Can it be used on an M8 easily? The perspective would be that of a 53mm lens.
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Can it be used on an M8 easily? The perspective would be that of a 53mm lens.
yes. it is fantastic on the M8 (what i use it on).
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yes. it is fantastic on the M8 (what i use it on).
Do you see the correct view with the M8?
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Do you see the correct view with the M8?
my lens brings up the 35mm framelines....which work great for this lens. If i play around with the mount, i can sometimes get it to bring up 50mm as the attachment might be a little loose....but i much prefer the 35mm framelines, which means that i get a little less than what i see in the final product.
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I think the 40 Cron is my favorite lens, especially for cost.


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I am thinking of using it on my M8 in an upcoming trip.
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I think the 40 Cron is my favorite lens, especially for cost.


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Old 05-02-2013   #12
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i am a total newbie and i have been shooting for 1.5-2 years.

i am pretty lucky: i experimented with an m6 with a .58 finder and some great lenses but for some reason i always gravitate back to the cl and the 40mm cron.

it's the one that i feel really comfy with. also, and i am not sure why, the 400trix negatives coming off the cl and the 40 cron are just so good. does anyone have the same experience with this?

anyways here are a few shots.

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Old 05-04-2013   #13
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Hi,

I bought my CL years and years ago. I've not felt the need to replace it and the fact that I was stopped from expanding into more than 2 lenses was a bonus. I had a new CLE for about a week but couldn't get on with it (I kept forgetting to switch it on, not a CL problem).

Since then I've had a lot more Leicas and their lenses but I still prefer the CL, especially with that nice 40mm lens and the CW metering.

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Old 06-19-2013   #16
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Gut Immling am Chiemsee von fischerlaender auf Flickr

Leica CL with the Summicron-C is a great combo. Took this image in the very bright sun in July 2012 with Efke 25, developed in Rodinal 1:100, scanned with an Epson V330. I'm still learning how to scan and process my negatives properly.
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hmmm... same phoot twice. I need to find another 40mm shot. soon....
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I did a comparison between the Summicron-C 40/2 and the Pentax Limited 43/1.9 on Fujicolor 400 (Walgreens 400), using a heavy tripod. I was unable to detect differences.





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What's the difference?
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Exclamation What's the difference?

@Raid, so what's the difference between the two lenses?
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I could not detect any differences. I would have to make enlargements to detect any differences, if they exist.
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Whenever I'm convinced to sell my CL-Summicron-C combo to get a digital replacement, eg. an X100, there's an image on the next roll that convinces me to keep my analog gear - and to get a better scanner.

This image has been taken last friday on the summit of a hill in the Bavarian Forest National Park.


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I use my Summicron-C 40/2 on Leica CL as well as Sony NEX 5N and here are some examples with Leica CL...










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I use my Summicron-C 40/2 on Leica CL as well as Sony NEX 5N and here are some examples with Leica CL...
Very nice images. Thank you for posting!
I love this lens too. I have the M rokkor version.
Pretty sure it is tge one lens I can never let go.
Small but not tiny. Perfect focal length and max aperture. It's wonderful. Was the perfect mate to an M8 as a 50mm too!
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Actually, I love this lens so much!



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Good photos all... :-)

The Leica CL and its Summicron-C 40mm f/2 is one of my all-time favorite cameras. A CL with the 40, the matching Elmar-C 90/4 and a 28mm lens are just about a complete photo kit for 95% of anything.

Over the years, I've tried many different lenses and bodies. I have my third CL now, outfitted with the Summicron's sibling Minolta lenses (M-Rokkor 40/2 gen II and early M-Rokkor 90/4 which is the exact same lens as the Elmar-C 90). A Voigtländer Color Skopar 28mm f/3.5 and external viewfinder completes the kit once again. Of my Leica RF equipment, even including the M9, this CL kit is my favorite. I don't use it enough ... but I won't let it go again. Something about the balance of size, weight, capability, ergonomics, etc is just incredibly compelling to me about this setup.

I've spent years looking for a digital camera kit that can replicate it. Like with the Hasselblad SWC, I haven't found one ... yet. I prefer to work with digital capture now, for many reasons that I won't belabor here. I've found digital camera outfits that replicate other favorite camera combinations—particularly my old favorite "lightweight" Nikon FM setup. But not the CL kit as yet. I have some enthusiasm for a solution to this coming soon, but I'll keep that under wraps until it materializes.

For the record:

- The Summicron-C's direct sibling was the M-Rokkor 40/2 first generations. Both lenses are the same design by Leica, the Summicron-C manufactured in Wetzlar and the M-Rokkor manufactured in Japan. Rendering-wise they are as alike as peas in a pod, with differences between them being more a matter of individual lens variation than archetypical of brand. The one I have is the second generation M-Rokkor 40 which was delivered with the Minolta CLE. It is essentially the same lens optically, but upgraded to mid-1970s multi-coating technology, with a slightly redesigned, lighter weight lens mount. It improves on the older lenses with better flare control, but the differences are subtle. They're hard to tell apart.

- The Elmar-C 90 is a Leica design manufactured in Wetzlar. The older M-Rokkor 90/4 is the exact same lens, produced on the same production line, modulo the front lens bezel markings and the JIS 40.5mm threaded filter mount (same as the M-Rokkor). After Leica discontinued the Elmar-C/M-Rokkor 90mm production in Wetzlar, Minolta took the same production equipment and continued manufacture for the CLE in Japan ... it is essentially the exact same lens still. I've yet to see a difference.

- The biggest failing of the CL is the somewhat fragile mechanical TTL metering arm, which to the best of my knowledge can still be brought to as-new spec by DAG and Sherry Krauter, perhaps others. Sometimes the CL's metering needle in the viewfinder can stick at the top or bottom of the display ... this is due to foam seals which are aging that it runs into. It can still be repaired too.

My advice: If you fall in love with a good CL and any of these lenses, hang onto it. I've rarely regretted selling a camera in my life, but I missed the CL when I sold my first one, bought another a decade later, foolishly sold it again and missed it just as much. Now with number three, I'll hide it in the closet even if I'm not using it and just take comfort knowing its there, next to my favorite Rollei 35S ... :-)

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what film are you using?
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I really like the color rendering. is this digital or film? if film I'm curious what film. thanks!
It reminds me of the old Kodak 400UC. If it's film, I'd like to know too!
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I really like the color rendering. is this digital or film? if film I'm curious what film. thanks!
ha...you will very surprise due to these are digital by M9!
i guess you more want to know how to process. the answer is
very easy. use alien skin to simulate the film style via Lightroom!
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The Rokkor-M + Leica M = a very compact kit. I love the lens and used it almost exclusively for a year or two. It's not perfect though.. Take a look at the second photo: the out of focus rendering is a bit average and highlights in the background are best avoided. However, this hasn't bothered me in 99% of the photos i've taken with the Rokkor.

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