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Anyone shoot lieca glass?
show user profile  Bobbyboy
If anyone does, would like to know how you feel about it.

Im looking to get a fast "normal" lens for my camera (speaking in equiv fov) which means i'm looking for something around the 25mm f1.4 mark. Of course such a thing isn't very common (and as far as I know for film non existent)

Currently there are three digital options made in 4/3 mount one is a sigma 24mm f1.8, one a sigma 30mm f1.4 neither of which i have heard good thing about. That leaves a 25mm f1.4 summerlux lens that is made by panyleica.
It is reported as one of the sharpest bright normal lenses around for my camera (or any camera for that matter!) and it i would expect it to be for the price at almost $1000US ! :S

There is a rumor that olympus will release their own equivalent lens in only a few months, unfortunately I can't wait that long :(
*got something special coming up that I will let you all know about soon :)

I would like to know if anyone else here has any good or bad experiences with leica glass and if you think it is worth it.

Also, does anyone know anyway to avoid having to paying import tax on this. Usually you wont pay anything in aus if it is under $1000au but with shipping this will just break that limit :S
There is the option for sending this as a gift which means the price isn't on the packaging, will that help?

btw I'm looking at this lens at I've never used them but have heard mixed things, but it is $100 more at bnh

Cheers guys

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8/26/2009 9:34:06 PM (last edit: 8/26/2009 9:34:06 PM)
show user profile  Dub.
What camerabody are you using?

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8/27/2009 2:55:09 PM (last edit: 8/27/2009 2:55:09 PM)
show user profile  TheGangsta
Lieca has a very good name in the photography market - especially for their lenses. Unfortunately, I have never used one so can't comment based on any personal experience. As for Adorama - I have used them many times and their services has been extremely good. Just as good as BHPhotoVideo. I never think when I make a purchase with either of these two stores and usually let the cheaper prices or availability make the decision for me.

Let me know if you get it and how you like it - they are suppose to be VERY good.

Regards, Pali

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8/27/2009 5:43:45 PM (last edit: 8/27/2009 5:43:45 PM)
show user profile  Dub.
this page should tell you all you need to know:

the Zeiss is pretty much king of the hill for primes. The only thing that equals it is the new nikon 14-24

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8/27/2009 5:57:34 PM (last edit: 8/27/2009 5:57:34 PM)
show user profile  Error404
to expensive for me, but I've heard most of them are pretty nice. -

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8/27/2009 6:19:58 PM (last edit: 8/27/2009 6:19:58 PM)
show user profile  nm8r
I have 3 Leica lenses for a Leica M6 and M8. All of the leica glass is great but in today's technology, I think that you're really paying for the name more than anything with Leica optics. Most of the big lens manufacturers these days make top lenses. I've been using my Canon for 98% of my shooting so paying the Leica premium may not be worth it.
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8/27/2009 11:49:14 PM (last edit: 8/27/2009 11:49:14 PM)
show user profile  VKotek
Well Leica does have a huge fundamentalist fan base so they cant be that bad...

...but then again so does Mustang, nevermind.
Vojtech Kotek

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8/28/2009 11:08:08 AM (last edit: 8/28/2009 11:08:08 AM)
show user profile  Error404
I would agree with nm8r, most decent quality primes will be very close in quality to the top of the line super expensive primes. You pay alot of money for that last extra bit of quality, which may or may not actually be visible in the final image. I'd love to have an M8, I bet that would be fun to have a digital range finder with a decently wide lens. -

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8/28/2009 12:20:38 PM (last edit: 8/28/2009 12:21:56 PM)
show user profile  Bobbyboy
@dub, I'm shooting an Olympus E-3, So like canon I can find an adapter to attach almost any lens to it and that 21 looks very tempting!

But my main use for this lens is going to be full body portraits and small group shots so the leica's f1.4 would be very nice (not to mention it is autofocus!) don't forget my camera has a half 35mm sensor.

@theGangsta - cheers, makes me feel more comfortable buying from them :)

@nm8r - Thanks for the insight, I completely agree with you. Leica is a big brand name and you pay an arm and a leg for it (I almost chocked when I saw the price of the M8 and and not quite as spectacular specs!)
But on the other hand there are no other solution to fill this gap in my focal range. Olympus is supposed to be releasing an equivalent soon and I have no doubt it will be just as good or even better! but it doesn't exist yet :(

@error, maybe you should have a look at the ep-1 with a 7-14mm olympus or panasonic lens?
Personally I don't think I could adapt to shooting without a viewfinder though.....

Cheers guys :)

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8/28/2009 8:36:54 PM (last edit: 8/28/2009 8:36:54 PM)
show user profile  nm8r
My favorite photographers are mostly Leica shooters. Henri Cartier Bresson, W. Eugene Smith, Andre Kertesz, Robert Frank and Ralph Gibson to name a few. Then again, the camera doesn't make the photographer.
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8/30/2009 11:11:59 PM (last edit: 8/30/2009 11:30:17 PM)
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