Originally Posted by :: Mark
M7 with 28mm Summicron and 400TX at EI1600, shot wide open.
I have something of a love-hate relationship with the lens. It is very well behaved, with a relatively flat plane of focus, and it has near uniform sharpness over the entire image even wide open. The ergonomics are also excellent. But the f2 aperture is limiting in low light with film, and it is a lens that imparts little to the image to really justify the price tag.
I think I know what you mean. It has a very neutral feeling to it. Sometimes I want that “signature” to a lens as well, which is why I actually carry a 50mm Sonnar with it usually. I do tend to like it for a couple reasons
1. The contrast is very manageable in both film and digital
2. It’s very ergonomic, at least to me
3. By being “neutral” or “clean”, I think it becomes very malleable in post production.
4. It flares very little compared to my v3 Elmarit
I find it very useful for a 28mm for those reasons.