Originally Posted by Archiver
The question is, how do these lenses compare with their Leica counterparts? Sure, Leica is expensive and we just accept it, but how much better are they? I haven't shot enough with Pentax K lenses to know.
I honestly haven't shot with enough that are directly comparable to say.
On film I'd say the K85/f1.8 is a better lens than the TE 90/f2.8, but that's based on general 'feel', rather than a direct, side-by-side comparison.
I'll soon be getting my Super-Tak 55/f1.8 back from service and will try and do a bit of a comparison with my 5cm Cron Collapsible. These two are of similar speed and vintage, so it will be interesting to see how they perform.
A bit OT (and not Leica), but a well known bit of Pentax folklore is that the original Super-Takumar 50/f1.4 '8 element' was an all-in, sold-at-a-loss effort to outperform the Zeiss 50mm Planar. My understanding is that they were successful, before quietly switching to a cheaper 7 element design.