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Old 12-04-2009   #1
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Smile Your favorite 35mm glass?

I'd like to know what you're using and why you like (or love) it.
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Old 12-04-2009   #2
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My favorite 35mm lens is Summicron 35/2 v3 which seems to be the least popular in all Summicron 35/2 generations. Mine is at Sherry's at the moment and I'm dying to start using it again.


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Old 12-04-2009   #3
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CV 35/1.2 Nokton

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I use 3 35mm lenses: Nokton 1.2, Biogon 2.0 and Summaron 2.8. The Nokton is the low light king, the Biogon is the lens I take on my ZI if I only can have one camera one lens combo, and the Summaron is the lens I use if I go around shooting street or landscape in good light.

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Coelacanth, the v3's bokeh isn't anything like what one would get from the v2 Summicron.

kxl, i like that Nokton!

mfogiel, between the biogon and the summaron, it's a toss-up. i'd give a slight nod towards the biogon =)
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I tend to be more of a 50 person than a 35 person. That said, I've owned a few 35's. I'm probably happier overall with my current 35/2.5 Skopar than with any.



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I'm "seeing" what u mean, William, about that nice Skopar
For me, the 35mm is my "normal." Here's a photo from my favorite 35mm, the v4 Summicron:
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Hi Mark

I have a strong affinity for Zeiss optics, especially for color.
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Hi Mark

I have a strong affinity for Zeiss optics, especially for color.

Hi Andre, good to see u here also! am fond of Zeiss as wel. i'm putting the 35mm F2 Zeiss Biogon T on my Xmas wishlist =) ...wouldn't hurt to try!

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35/3.5 summaron ltm and 35/2 cron type 1
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Old 12-06-2009   #11
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Nokton 35mm f1.2 ... it's big and heavy with a great focusing action ... if there's ever been a more significant 35mm lens released by any manufacturer for such a premium price I'd be surprised!
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Pre-asph summilux. Light, sharp (not at 1.4 of course), nice bokeh:
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CV Ultron 35mm f/1.7

I like it because it's not too contrasty and performs very well at f/2 for low light too. Plenty examples of my Flickr pages (click picture above.)

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For me, it's the 35 pre-asph lux, even wide open. Not technically perfect, but I like the results.



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The Canon 35/2. It's very compact, a great performer in color and b&w, and 1/4-1/3 the price of any Summicron.



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Presently the W-Nikkor 3.5cm F1.8 LTM for it's versatile speed and medium contrast for super B&W details (using it with Epson R-D1S) and vintage color look. I simply love this lens.
Me, too. Vintage color look on film as well. Believe this was Reala 100:



And of course the 35/1.4 SC



These are my only 35mm lenses. Well, I also have an MC copy of the Nokton



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Roland, that first image is smashing with the muted colours!!! Looks like a still image from a Fellini movie
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M-Hexanon 35/2 is a very good lens:


but CV Nokton 35/1.2 is my favorite still:


with CV 35/1.7 Ultron and 40/2 Minolta Rokkor not far behind them.
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Old 12-06-2009   #19
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Thanks, Thomas !

Krosya,

it only occured to me recently that the 35/1.7 might be optically derived from the M-Hex 35/2. Since you own both, would be great to see a comparison

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Old 12-06-2009   #20
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Well, I suppose I could do that when time permits. But I'd like to know what would you like to see in it? Sharpness, bokeh? Give me some ideas.
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Old 12-06-2009   #21
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Yeah. Something like your first shot, with both lenses at f2 would be great ...

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Old 12-06-2009   #22
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Love the cv 35/2.5.
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Nikkor 35/1.8 gets another vote. Paints classic looks, fast and not too big.

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This is cheating a bit but I recently bought the Nikon 35mm f2 AF ( for SLRs of course-and thats where the cheating comes in from this forums viewpoint at least.)

And I am kinda taken by its nice rendering and pretty acceptable bokeh. Mind you I must confess thatt he following (taken this weekend) has had a little help from Mr Photoshop to soften the color and sharpness a little. But at the end of the day its still a pretty nice photo taken with that lens. Shot wide open it demonstrates pleasant bokeh.

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Old 12-07-2009   #25
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35mm is my favorite focal length.

For sharpness and "grit," an old Nikkor-S 35/2.8 is hard to beat:

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35/2.8 Zuiko in the Olympus XA. Yeah it vignettes, but it's sharp as hell and has unmistakeable character!
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I haven't used enough 35 lenses to have a favorite, but I like the lower contrast look of the Canon 35/2.8.





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Are they the same?
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Cool Are they the same?

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Coelacanth, the v3's bokeh isn't anything like what one would get from the v2 Summicron.

kxl, i like that Nokton!

mfogiel, between the biogon and the summaron, it's a toss-up. i'd give a slight nod towards the biogon =)
Are you sure? Internet rumor & myth says that the v2 & v3 are optically the same.

Does anyone know for sure?

My 35mm collection, and I like all of them.
Canon 35/2.8, all chrome, 34mm filters
Canon 35mm/3.5 S.C. for my Canon EF. Deadly sharp.
Konica 35mm/2.0 UC-Hexanon. Enough said.

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Canon 35mm f1.4L without a doubt.





Everything a perfect 35mm should be.
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Are you sure? Internet rumor & myth says that the v2 & v3 are optically the same.

Does anyone know for sure?
Yes. Lager does, and internet rumor is wrong . While Leitz has not published any difference, Lager remarks that the v3 (starting at 2461001) has entry and exit pupils of different size than v2, therefore is optically different (both have 6 elements).
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35mm is not my favorite focal length. Right now I have only the Summilux ASPH on the M6 and the UC-Hexanon on the R-D1. And I have the 40/2 on the OM-1 (anybody want to buy a nice Zuiko 35/2?). The only other 35 that tempts me right now is the Nokton 35/1.2 but who knows? Maybe someday I will see the light and replace some 50mm lenses with 35mm.
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I've got 35s with the 1.2 Nokton and the 2.5 skopar PII--the nokton obviously produces wonderfully:


I have been considering selling all and getting a 35 lux aspherical. All includes the 50 cron v6, hex 28 2.8, and cv 35mm 1,2 and 2,5s. I use 35mm lenses most of the time and seem to talk myself into using the other lengths because I have them. I will soon lose printing time as well and likely get another digital Nikon setup soon, so one lens with the leica would be nice. But justifying trading all these toys for one is very difficult...
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There are so many great 35s that I look for other factors, such as size. I shot with the 35 Lux ASPH for years but gave it up in favor of the 35 Lux pre-asph. My style just called for something more compact & pocketable.
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I have tried a couple of 35mm lenses but still prefer 50mm. The 35mm lenses that I own and use are my all-time favorite 35mm Summilux-M pre-ASPH:

(@ f/1.4 with vignetting from an E39 filter)


and the tiny 3.5cm Summaron 1:3.5 in LTM:

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That is a very beautiful portrait !!

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This is cheating a bit but I recently bought the Nikon 35mm f2 AF ( for SLRs of course-and thats where the cheating comes in from this forums viewpoint at least.)

And I am kinda taken by its nice rendering and pretty acceptable bokeh. Mind you I must confess thatt he following (taken this weekend) has had a little help from Mr Photoshop to soften the color and sharpness a little. But at the end of the day its still a pretty nice photo taken with that lens. Shot wide open it demonstrates pleasant bokeh.

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The Nokton 35/1.2 lives at the interface between light and dark, where life is. Sharpness, character, contrast, bokeh, and speed works for me...
















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i'm convinced! isn't that the biggest one they make?
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Mine has to be Leica's 35mm f1.4 preASPH.
Small, tact sharp when stopped down and quirky wide open....just how i like it.
Works great with B & W and Color




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Mine has to be Leica's 35mm f1.4 preASPH.
Small, tact sharp when stopped down and quirky wide open....just how i like it.
Works great with B & W and Color




Quirkiness I like

Anybody rooting for the CV 35/1.4?
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