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What about the 35-75 combo?
Old 01-20-2008   #1
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Question What about the 35-75 combo?

What about the 35-75 combo? What do folks think of this as a two lens combo?
I had a CV 90mm/3.5 and it was hard to focus (for me anyway) and somewhat slow.
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Old 01-20-2008   #2
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My usual two-lens combo is either 28+50 or 35+75. Both work well, though I try to guess which might be better for anticipated circumstances. Sometimes I'm even right (!) but both seem to offer useful flexibility.

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A fast 35 and a 75 would be my choice if I could afford them and an M6.
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I own a 35, but I rarely use it; not that it isn't a great lens, but I just don't prefer this focal length as well as something wider or longer. My two lens kit of choice is 28 and 50 or 28 and 75, although I am rarely without the 21. Some say 50 and 75 are too close, but I use the same excuse that many of you use for the 35/50 combination: each is different enough to warrant both. I really like the 75 Summilux; what a beautiful rendition it gives. If someone wants a 35 Summicron ASPH, I probably can be talked into selling mine.
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My usual two-lens combo is either 28+50 or 35+75. Both work well, though I try to guess which might be better for anticipated circumstances. Sometimes I'm even right (!) but both seem to offer useful flexibility.

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Mine too. I use an MP with 28/2.8 & 50/1.4 or 35/1.4 & 75/2. It depends on the shooting situations you think you're going to get but my favorite is the 35/75 combo. To my eye the 35 is a normal lens so I use that lens for a one lens kit, and while the 50 is a mild telephoto the 75 seems to complement the 35 better. Both are excellent combinations though.
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Old 01-20-2008   #6
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This has made me think... If we JUST talk 2 lens kits, then I think I usually end up as follows:

M7 - 40 & 90 - My M7 is a .85, so the 90 Elmarit-M is a good match. The 40 is the Nokton, so is a good balance of speed and focal length

M2 - 35 & 50 - The 50 in this case is the DR. The 35 may be a VC 2.5 or a Summaron 3.5

IIIc - 35 & 50 - A 3.5 collapsible Elmar, and the aforementioned Summaron.

If I go "trinity", then it varies to:

M7 - 35, 50, 75 - the VC as before, and the VC 75 joining a 2.8 Elmar-M

M2 - 35, 50, 90 - of course. In this case the 90 would be the collapsible

IIIc - 35, 50, 90 - An Elmar rounds out this set.

The "orphans" in the above are my VC15mm and 28mm. To me they are "specialist" lenses - too wide for normal use.

Finally, one lens would be:

M7 - 40mm Nokton
M2 - 50mm DR Summicron
IIIc - 50mm 3.5 Elmar

...And those last three are what I usually carry.

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I love the 35 and 75 combo, the 35 biogon and 75 summilux is my versitile "Do anything" kit.
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I haven't warmed to the 35/75 combo. While I like the 35 focal length, I haven't found a use yet for the 75 that could not also be covered by a 50, and I find the 50 to be a more versitile focal length. For example, I have found the 75 to be a difficult lens to use when doing street shots; the 50, in contrast, works well for me in that department. I should give my 75 (a vc) another try, though, before deciding whether to sell it.
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My normal two lens kit is 35 - 75. If I add a third, it's usually a 28, but sometimes a 135.

Occasionally I carry a 40 - 90 kit instead.
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Donīt own a 75mm lens for rf, but do use two primes - 24mm and 50mm - with my dslr. Because of the crop of 1,5 they give a field of view as 35mm and 75mm on a Leica or Zeiss Ikon.

Since I do have the dslr for about a year I became quite pleased with this focal lenghts - even like 35mm though I never liked to use my 35mm on the rf before that.

Itīs quite a versatile combination, though I prefer 85mm or 90mm lenses.

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Does not work for me, 35 not wide enough 75 too flat!
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Does not work for me, 35 not wide enough 75 too flat!
What lens do you favor?
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Old 01-21-2008   #13
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25/24mm with 50mm! I wont need anything else, ever
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With my M8, my current preference for documentary work - generally in lowlight - is a 75 lux and 35/1.2 nokton (which is likely to be replaced by the new 35/1.4 nokton). I take along a 28 hexanon and CV15 for the occasional wide shot, but those are pretty rare. I could get by with just the 35 and 75 and be quite happy.
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My choices are 25/50 or 35/75. I have to say I prefer the 25/50 combination but both work on their day.
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When I started out many years ago, I used only a 35 and a 90. It was a bit of a challenge, but it forced me to find a way to make every shot work at one of those focal lengths. As the 75 is less restricting than 90, I think 35/75 would work as well or better than 35/90.
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It's my standard. Two bodies, two lenses: 35/1.4 and 75/2.

I also have 15-21-28-50-90-135 but I doubt that all if them together get as much use as 35+75.

My wife prefers 50 on her camera and a 90 in her pocket; 18 or 21 as #3 (16-18-21 when we can afford it).

Mind you, that's on a real Leica. On the M8 I use the 50 a lot.

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I haven't warmed to the 35/75 combo. While I like the 35 focal length, I haven't found a use yet for the 75 that could not also be covered by a 50, and I find the 50 to be a more versitile focal length. For example, I have found the 75 to be a difficult lens to use when doing street shots; the 50, in contrast, works well for me in that department. I should give my 75 (a vc) another try, though, before deciding whether to sell it.
Exactly like Steve. I tried the 75 FL and it wasn't for me, which is a shame really because all three 75's on offer are great lenses. Use of hyperfocal was very impractical for street photography while getting the focus right for portraits at closest distance is quite a challenge (what was good enough for the 50 is suddenly not good enough for the 75). I have now resigned to the fact that I 'll use longer lenses with an SLR, and 35 +50 is what I am using on rangefinders.
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It's my standard. Two bodies, two lenses: 35/1.4 and 75/2.

I also have 15-21-28-50-90-135 but I doubt that all if them together get as much use as 35+75.

My wife prefers 50 on her camera and a 90 in her pocket; 18 or 21 as #3 (16-18-21 when we can afford it).

Mind you, that's on a real Leica. On the M8 I use the 50 a lot.

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Roger, have you done a comparison between your 75 Summicron and the new 75 Summarit? (I may have missed it if you did.)

I very much like the 75 on a RF, and would like to replace my CV at some point.
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Since I have already the C Sonnar 50mm and a Nikon AIS 24mmf2 (I am thinking of getting an adapter, it is such a nice lens) and then getting a 90mm. Any suggestions? I was thinking of looking for a Leica "thin" tele elmarit 90mm f2.8?
This would give me a 24-50-90 combo.
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Since I have already the C Sonnar 50mm and a Nikon AIS 24mmf2 (I am thinking of getting an adapter, it is such a nice lens) and then getting a 90mm. Any suggestions? I was thinking of looking for a Leica "thin" tele elmarit 90mm f2.8?
This would give me a 24-50-90 combo.
Is that YOU in your avatar, without the beard???

While I haven't warmed to the 75, I do like the 90/100 focal length in certain circumstances (incl'ing landscapes, portraits). I was able to borrow an uncoated 90/4 Elmar over the summer, and was really impressed by it (the glass was in great condition). I then found a nice Canon 100/3.5, and really like this optic too(especially AFTER Roland cleaned it! ). That lens is quite small and pocketable, and produces nice 3D effects (or so it seems to me). Not as fast as the elmarit, but if you're looking for a good compact lens you might consider this one. I think the 24-50-90 combo would be very useful; I do something similar w/ 28-50-100.
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While I haven't warmed to the 75, I do like the 90/100 focal length in certain circumstances (incl'ing landscapes, portraits). I was able to borrow an uncoated 90/4 Elmar over the summer, and was really impressed by it (the glass was in great condition). I then found a nice Canon 100/3.5, and really like this optic too(especially AFTER Roland cleaned it! ). That lens is quite small and pocketable, and produces nice 3D effects (or so it seems to me). Not as fast as the elmarit, but if you're looking for a good compact lens you might consider this one. I think the 24-50-90 combo would be very useful; I do something similar w/ 28-50-100.
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I use that combo right now on my M6s and I really like it...
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The only two M lenses I own are a 35 & 75 Summicron... And I love the versatility of this combo.
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THE 35/75 may be ideal 'normal' combination for many. With the wide-standard 35 you can usually step forward or back to get the framing you want, quick to use with any Leica finder (except the M3) and stopped down you can use the depth of field scale to make it even more a fast framing and shoot camera/lens. The 75 takes more thought and works as a standard-long. Sometimes in that 3-5 meter range you can't move and with the 75 it gives that little bit more tightness to the composition than a 50, and is also better than the 35 or 50 if something smaller (close-up) needs to be photographed without distortion.

If you haven't tried it I can recommend the 1:1 life-size and 'no lens in the frame blockage' (summilux users know about this) Voightlander 75 external finder. I'm a left eye shooter, and with a bit of practice its easy to focus with the camera, and then shift up with both eyes open - the right eye on the external finder - to make an easy way to see the 75 framing.

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