Just got back from a day at Lieca school in the UK following the purchase of my M several months ago.
A real good bunch turned up, from all walks of life and not a snob in town. Real people that like taking real photo's, not a serious anti digital comment either. The tutor was excellent, clear and to the point without being patronising an all round good chap. We had just under an hour to shoot twenty frames of slide film using any M lens that Leica makes and most R lenses for the SLR club...Which leads me on to...
It had been raining heavy for most of the day, grey overcast flat light, we all know it. But wait! I'd 'borrowed' the 90 f4 macro, with specs. I also had a few shots using the 90 Summicron ASPH APO that another chap 'borrowed'. The results were very good given the conditions. A well exposed transparency using Leica glass still makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Will post some examples when I dust off the scanner......which leads to..
The 90 f4 Macro with specs is a wonderful lens, very light and small when collapsed (about the same as a Summicron50) and I'm sure with decent light and subject matter does the job just about as good as any other Leica at f4 and slower. I'd not get the lens on its own without the specs which is a lot of money. The 90 ASPH APO feels better made and gives two whole stops more light and for normal use gives it the edge.
Other 'students' who tried the 75 Summicron and the Summilux produced cracking images from virtually anything. A focal length I'd not considered that much before today.
Given I was saving up for a used pre-asph 90 Summicron, I may well save longer and go for a new asph APO version.......or the macro with specs. A few months to ponder. In the meantime I've got the use of a very good CV APO Lanthar that has done a stirling job.
It really was a good day. The bottom line is that, yes new Leica glass is expensive. Why? well try it out and all will become clear. It really is that obvious when shooting wide open. See the leit?
I'm curous of others views who've been on the owners Leica Days.