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Old 07-26-2012   #1
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50mm Summicron v3

Was a little hesitant after reading some of the negativity around the v3. Really happy with what came out in my first roll. Film was TMAX 400.


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Old 07-26-2012   #2
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I don't think there are any bad Summicrons. Enjoy it, use it, make pictures!
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Old 07-26-2012   #3
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I got one recently as well and I like it too. I also like focusing tabs which is one thing I wish it had!
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Old 07-26-2012   #4
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I like the rendering of the III better than the IV/V. The III is a wonderful lens.
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Old 07-26-2012   #5
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the v3 50 cron is Special...

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Old 07-26-2012   #7
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I don't think there are any bad Summicrons. Enjoy it, use it, make pictures!

True that.
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Old 07-15-2013   #8
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here's a Hail and a Bump to the v3...


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Old 07-15-2013   #9
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Ergonomically I think it's the best of any 50 'cron. Spacing of control rings is absolutely perfect and focusing action is always buttery smooth in every sample I've every tried. I also like the long focusing throw which is the same as the previous versions for helps insure sharp focus. When Camera 35 (one of the best and honest photo mags from the 60's and 70's) did a test comparison of this lens against it's Japanese contemporaries, it blew them all away.
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Old 07-15-2013   #10
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I also agree there is no bad Cron.

Here's a few that stood out in my memory from my first 50 V3





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awilder: interesting tidbit from 'Camera 35'...thanks !

Hey Dave/Lam: Love that delicate light pervading thru the colour shot...Lovely
and your last shot has such a Beautiful tonal range and retro feel
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Old 07-15-2013   #12
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All Summicrons are excellent lenses. I am stuck with the rigid Summicron.
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For me, the v3 has the best signature, and the best flare control of any 50mm summicron. Maybe it's just my copy, but it's wonderful.
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You just made me regret trading mine off about a year ago...
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Everyone please post more Photos of the v3 summicron....
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As this is in the film m section it might be a little off topic but I have yet to try my wife's v3 'cron on my MM.
I've got the Planar stuck on there for the time being and I quite like it.
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no worries Klaus....since I hijacked an Old Thread
lets All cheat and not care be it digi or film
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Hey Dave/Lam: Love that delicate light pervading thru the colour shot...Lovely
and your last shot has such a Beautiful tonal range and retro feel
Thank you Helen I'm enjoying the multiple-characteristics of your shots, from clean and crisp Cron to nice and portrait comfort. Eh eh. I cheated, the color shot is from my old M8.

Here's one more for film sake.
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another Good Shot Dave...which raises the bar

hah, caught by your own admission
i didn't even notice your 'colour' shot was digi...just swooned over the dispersal of Light & the Delicate painterly palatte
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Old 07-20-2013   #21
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If for "V3" you mean "6 lens/5 groups/1969-1978" here, in Italy (AKA "Wetzlar" type here....), is reputed as the best....


A180b Ancona Porto di Davide _non so cos'è l'AccaDiErre, su Flickr

PS: sorry, I checked this pic...I'm shure I took it with a Canon 35 f2 LTM, not the Cron 50....my fault...
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Old 07-20-2013   #22
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WRT wintoid's comment about v3's flare control, I should mention the that flare control of v3 leaves something to be desired based on my own experience. It is quite evident with Iam's only color shot of the loading dock(?) with the heavy flare on the right side of the frame made more obvious by the dark brick and black door. This is not atypical of this version and to some it helps gives that sought after "glow" or vintage look people like of older Leitz lenses. I have read and believe it's quite true, that each succeeding version of the 50 'cron is an improvement of the previous one in terms of contrast and flare resistance. Therefore, v3 is better in this respect than v1 or v2. My experience with v4/5 showed better flare control and microcontrast than v3 but it's far from perfect. Both ZM 50's and quite probably the Apo 'cron (v6?) will best v4/5 in flare control. I have also read that flare from v3 can be somewhat reduced with better edge blackening of some the internal element and lens baffling by a competent Leica service person like DAG but his wait time usually is quite long.

Regarding the Camera 35 test report, it's from Aug/Sept 1969. Attached is a copy of the review. Note the price of the Summicron compared to the SLR lenses, very interesting read.
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Old 07-22-2013   #23
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Old 07-23-2013   #24
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It's the only lens I have... I have a good deal to trade it for a Lux 50 Pre-Asph, but I can't decide because I'm very happy with the Cron 50 V3.

Some examples (all with the M9).


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Old 07-23-2013   #25
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I have that lens and I am happy with its images.
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