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Roger Hicks
05-18-2009, 11:25
Kelvinhall Circus in the early 70s, Barfen film (honestly -- it was rebranded Ferrania, pre-E6), ISO 50, home processed. Wide open, probably 1/15 or 1/8 second, maybe even slower, on my IIIa, the only Leica I owned at the time. The lens was unique in having a serial number with both * and a after it; there's a picture in one of Paul-Henry van Hasbroeck's books.

Slow lenses? Slow film? No problem. But I'd rather have my current pre-aspheric Summicron to use, thank you all the same. And modern fast film, or the M8.2. (Edit 2013 -- M9 now).

Tashi Delek,


10-03-2013, 03:45
It's good to read of peoples experiences in trying various lenses.

The only "90" I have used is my Nikkor 85/2. I think the Sonnar designs are pretty much what most people want from a "90." They are fast enough for low light and/or shallow depth of field. Wide open they are soft (so excellent for portraits) and stopped down they are distortion-free and sharp. If it doesn't HAVE to be Leica, I would suggest you look at the options of Zeiss, Canon and Nikkor 85mm Sonnars.