Marc, Thor, Doesn't seem fair to compare 1954 Zeiss designs with 1985 Leica lenses.Marc, how would you say copmpares the 1954 Zeiss 2.0/50mm Sonnar to the 1950s 2/50 Summicron, and the Zeiss 1.5/50 Sonnar to a 1959 1.4/50 Summilux?
Finding an M6 (or M4 , M5) body for under $1000 can be challenging. M3 is easier.
What I like about the 1950s Contax IIIa is that you got a selenium meter with it, not coupled, but I really like the dials around the rewind knob. WIth the M3 you had to buy the partially coupling selenium Leicameter and lost your flash shoe when mounting it.
I would gladly swap my M3 and Summaron 2.8/35 for a late GX... Anyone out there?
Jan On Nov 16, 2009, at 1:07 AM, FreeLists Mailing List Manager wrote:
From: Marc James Small <marcsmall@xxxxxxxxxxx> At 05:01 PM 11/15/2009, Thor Legvold wrote:With that said, I can imagine the body alone costs a small fortune, not to mention lenses for it. I was out shooting with my Contax IIa today, and while it doesn't have as modern a feel as the Leica did, I'm confident that the glass is at least on a par, if not better (Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 and 85/2 used today). If helps that I had Henry Scherer restore it to as new a while back....The latest Contax lenses were designed in 1954. The oldest Leica M lenses available today were designed around 1985. Trust me, the Leica glass is better than the Zeiss Contax RF lenses, though the differences are only visible in really critical work. A Leica M body can be had for around $1000 or so, hardly a "small fortune". I have five Leica RF bodies and a bunch of lenses and accessories and have no money in them, as I have been buying and selling for decades, and these are the "profit" from such sales. I also have six Contax RF bodies and a slew of lenses for them and, similarly, I have no money in them, either. But, then, I swapped a Leica M4 body for my 2.8GX. The metering on an M6 is pretty simple and is deadly accurate. Marc
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