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Old 09-26-2014   #42
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I love the composition; right balance, as well as Maestro Gianni Berengo Gardin's picture one.

I think they spend a lot of money to clean all the windows of a skyscraper.

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I think v3 is a very under-rated lens. It handles beautifully and delivers nice images. For flare control the vented hood helps a lot.
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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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I also read something somewhere that this version isn't as 'good' as other versions. Does anyone know how it garnered this reputation for poorer performance??

The images that members posted above are lovely, especially the b+w images.

I would love to hear more on this issue from members who have experience with the different versions of this lens. I am not particularly interested in the ASPH. I once owned a version IV made in Canada and it was a stellar performer, but in black and white I am more drawn to the effect that Helen got with that painterly look. My version seemed more corrected and clinical with less character.

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oh well the the v3 is the only Summicron I own so far and it is superb. Does not beat the M-Hexanon, but I prefer the ergonomics and feel of the focusing ring better on the Summicron.

Imagewise I cannot see a difference, really.
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I have owned and used all versions of the 50mm Cron from version 1 (the collapsible Summicron) to version 4, the tabbed version (Tabbicron). I sold the version 4 and got a version 3 instead, because I prefer its longer focus throw and longer, more spread out DOF scale. IQ-wise, I think it's just as good as the 4.
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Thank you, Helen. Nice to see you back shooting a v. 3 'chron again, and showing why this is such a lovely lens with those two photos above.
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I have owned and used all versions of the 50mm Cron from version 1 (the collapsible Summicron) to version 4, the tabbed version (Tabbicron). I sold the version 4 and got a version 3 instead, because I prefer its longer focus throw and longer, more spread out DOF scale. IQ-wise, I think it's just as good as the 4.
Couldn't Agree more... like You had all the crons though my last was the v5 (same optics as 4)
Their ALL Great but its v3 that still turns my head

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Thank you, Helen. Nice to see you back shooting a v. 3 'chron again, and showing why this is such a lovely lens with those two photos above.
yes v3 rules... Thx !!



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Just picked up a '69 version of this lens in beautiful condition after tossing up between a v5 cron and the ZM 1.5/50. I figured this split the difference between the classic sonnar look and the clinical v5 cron. I've put two rolls through it in the last week, and am very happy with what I see.
I'll make sure I post when something nice comes out of the camera!

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Just picked up a '69 version of this lens in beautiful condition after tossing up between a v5 cron and the ZM 1.5/50. I figured this split the difference between the classic sonnar look and the clinical v5 cron.
well, but all 50mm summicrons are of planar design, aren't they?
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There are no bad Summicrons -- the only difference is in the ergonomic differences -- tab versus no tab, etc.
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well, but all 50mm summicrons are of planar design, aren't they?
AFAIK, but some designs favoured contrast over full frame sharpness and visa versa.

Rigid is gererally considered full frame sharpness at low contrast,
V3 favoured contrast at the expense of edge sharpness,
V4 has more edge to edge sharpness.

Of course, there's no free lunch, and these have implications on the transition between in and out of focus areas, out of focus rendering, etc.

I like the overall qualities of the V3 more than the others. I believe it to be less clinical the the V4/5 - more sonnar-like.

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It is the lens I use the most for film photography.

It's the blend of look in b&w and handling that does it for me.

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Paired with the M-P's Portra 160-like colors, a very cinematic look out of this lens.


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I like the v3, which I chose for the long throw, low price, and lack of tab. I also think some of the Summicron's signature lives in the flare, especially when shooting contre jour, so I don't mind that at all. Plus, mine came with the cool reversable hood and weird cap with the notches in it.

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I really like this one.
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No such thing as a bad Summicron, I agree!
Here's a shot with the v3 on hp5.



And this one with a rigid on Fuji xe2.

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Great shots everyone. Looks like I need to pick up some Portra. Love the look from what I see here. Any more examples would be great.
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From my first leica lens. On 400 superia











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This has a fantastic atmosphere! Great shot Bonatto.


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I would change my Elmar-M to V3 in no time. DR, Rigid are going to look ugly on my M4-2. And I give no crap for how classic Leica lenses act on digital.
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I've had and used them all but by far prefer the user experience of the V3. I dislike focus tabs or infinity locks. The DR is a heavy lens with all that brass!
I liked the photos from all the Summicrons but prefer using the V3 above them all.
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I've had and used them all but by far prefer the user experience of the V3.
The ergonomics are indeed very nice. Mine is from 1969. The focusing is smooth but I was thinking it probably would benefit from a re-lube after so many years. I took it to a local tech and he advised me to leave well enough alone as the focusing is normal for a lens this age. So I am going to continue to enjoy using it as my only 50 lens. Doesn't really matter to me if there are "better" lenses or not. I like it and the images it produces so that is good enough for me.
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I agree with the ergonomics points. I like in particular that the focus tab is very wide and runs just smoothly enough. It's a brilliant small little lens. And prices seem to be on the rise so it seems other people have discovered this too. Anyway, time for more photos



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50mm Summicron Version 3

I have obtained a 50mm Summicron Version 3. The three grub screws around the barrel beneath the aperture ring are not flush with the barrel, suggesting that someone has tried a "knife-and-fork" job for some reason - or is this normal? Or maybe I should have it serviced? Or maybe I should just get on with taking photographs with it!
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I've just acquired this fine lens and I must say I'm very pleased with it's performance, at least judging by these first couple of shots. Both are at f2.

I've had the V5 before and found it a little too big, I've also had the rigid and loved the images but didn't like the ergonomics. This seems like the best of both worlds to me and it sits very nicely on the camera.


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Really love these pictures. Nice work.
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Yeah, those are great shots, bonatto.

Here are a few newish v3 shots from LA a couple weeks ago, on an M9.







This last one is a portrait, in front of the Museum of Jurassic Technology, of my friends Lou and Ed, who were meeting for the first time.

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Hello all.

Quick question about the long throw thing.

I am getting ready to buy one, and since some of the V3's were made in Germany and some in Canada, I was wondering if there is any difference in the throw. The lens was around for 10 years and there may have been some changes during its time.

Just to be clear, I am looking for a long throw.

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