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View Poll Results: Which FL' do you NOT have?
I have ALL of these focal lengths. 13 2.09%
15mm 472 75.76%
18mm 551 88.44%
21mm 372 59.71%
24/25mm 447 71.75%
28mm 305 48.96%
35mm 95 15.25%
40mm 425 68.22%
50mm 53 8.51%
75mm 451 72.39%
85/90mm 236 37.88%
105/135mm 393 63.08%
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Old 10-06-2014   #41
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I don't have anything longer than 50mm!
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Old 10-06-2014   #42
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24/ 35 is the best combo. SLR kits are that way for me. When I started, Leica had no 24 so I used 21/28/35. The Mandler no longer works well on M9 AND I replaced it with 28 2.8 ASPH. Small tight lens. The 24 is too big and requires a finder.

If I had no other wides other than the 35, I would have the 24.
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Old 10-06-2014   #43
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mainly/only a 35 priority with some 50 & when i use the 50 i always love it-go figure… nothing else- i would of also had a zoom of not having- which i do not…
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my only wide angle option right now is the converted 28mm 3.5 pancake from ms optical. it uses the lens out of the fujifilm super mini. i would like to go to 21mm though as its easy to get the feel of the angle of view (90 degrees) from the camera.
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Old 10-07-2014   #45
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It is very difficult for me to get the true view of wide angles beyond a 28mm with a separate finder. I prefer to use wides on an SLR so I know what I am shooting. An external viewfinder only shows me the framing not the feel.
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Old 10-07-2014   #46
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Other way round surely, I use either a CV 21/25 or Leica 21/28 external finder and find they do a really good job of conveying the enormous depth in wide angle views. Framing though is always a bit hit and miss in various ways.

Back OT I must be the odd man out as I don't have a 35. Would like to get one though at some point.
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Old 10-08-2014   #47
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I'm without many of them:

15, 18, 21, 24/25, 28, 40, 75, 105/135

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Lot of stuff I'm missing!
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I've 21mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm & 90mm lenses. The only focal length I'm interested in is 28mm. That's coz my M6 And CLE both have 28mm frame lines, thus eliminating that need for an external viewfinder. I'm considering the CV Ultron 28/2 or the Zeiss 28/2.8. Would really love having a 28mm Summicron or Elmarit but those are way out of my budget right now
I'm also looking for a 28
but if Elmarit, much better.
The problem $$$$
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It's been a year since I started this thread, and of the 4 FL's that I didn't have then, there are 3 that I still do not own (15-21-40). I acquired a 28mm (M-Hex) a few weeks ago.
Hi, Keith
when you say "M-Hex"
It is in reference to Hexanon;
if so, what are your impressions
to fit in a M8

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the only one I have is 50mm. I use to have 35mm but i found it 50mm is more versatile for me.
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Hi, Keith
when you say "M-Hex"
It is in reference to Hexanon;
if so, what are your impressions
to fit in a M8

Thank you

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Hi Luis - I don't have an M8, so I can't really comment on how it would perform on an M8. I use it on a Sony A7R and a Zeiss ZI (for B&W), and on those bodies, the M-Hexanon has excellent almost even sharpness from center to the edges, beautiful color (although not he head-turning color of Ziess lenses) and just a slight light fall off on the A7R (even less so on the ZI). Although I am a big fan of Zeiss lenses, when it comes to a 28mm lens, I prefer the Hex to the ZM 28mm. This one's a keeper.
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(my film RFs are long gone....hope digital RF Wannabes can qualify for the discussion)
For RF, I have never felt a need for longer than 90 or wider than 28.
I never have gotten along with the 35. Usually too short or not wide enough.
If you demanded "Pick one!" I'd pick a 50.
Add a 28 if I get to pick two.
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15/28/50/90mm is the standard I need and own.
The only one I'm looking for in addition to those is one of the faster 75mm.
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I currently have a 35 and 50, although I plan to add a 21 and 90 at some point.
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15/35/50/90 here.
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Just wondering, how many of you regularly use the 28mm?

I've found it rather useless as I generally am fine back at 35mm or I want little more wide so go for 24mm instead.
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AHK! I missed the "NOT." Sorry.
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I have the the 40mm rokkor in M mount.
In LTM I have the 50mm Color Skopar, Canon 1.2/50mm, and Yashinon 50mm f1.8.

That's it.... I'm done experimenting with other FL's and lenses for interchangeable lens RF cameras.
Still in love with Fixed lens/ leaf shutter cameras where the Fuji GF670 and Hexar AF are my main squeezes.
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Just wondering, how many of you regularly use the 28mm?

I've found it rather useless as I generally am fine back at 35mm or I want little more wide so go for 24mm instead.
From my own experience and some general observation... for those whose primary lens is a 35mm, it seems like their preferred WA is 24/25mm, while for those whose primary lens is 50mm, the WA of choice is 28mm.

I used to shoot a lot with the 35mm and preferred the 25mm for WA; when I started to gravitate to the 50mm, I started to find the 35mm useless and started to shoot quite a bit with the 28mm for WA, and sometimes, even as my primary lens.
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I don't currently have anything wider than 28mm or longer than 90mm. I used to have a VC 21mm f/4, but it was a terrible lens on the M9, so I sold it.
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From my own experience and some general observation... for those whose primary lens is a 35mm, it seems like their preferred WA is 24/25mm, while for those whose primary lens is 50mm, the WA of choice is 28mm.

I used to shoot a lot with the 35mm and preferred the 25mm for WA; when I started to gravitate to the 50mm, I started to find the 35mm useless and started to shoot quite a bit with the 28mm for WA, and sometimes, even as my primary lens.
You're probably right. I either walk out the door with a combo of 35mm+75mm or 28mm+50mm and very rarely do I mix those combos up.
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I do not have an 18mm because I won't pay current prices for Leica lenses. I don't have 24/25 or 40 because they are too close to lenses I already own (21,28 and 35,50 respectively).
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Love my 50s. Unless I have another specific reason I always carry a 50.
During softball/baseball I use my 90 and 135 quite a bit.
During my occasional street moods I carry my CV25.
When I want to slide my ZI in my pocket I use my MS Optical 35 or 28.
Even if I do own other focal lengths they are used so rarely I may as well not own them at all.
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I was surprised, given all the mentions of it on RFf, how few have the 40mm.
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40mm is a compelling focal length and I have several. In the years after I got my CLE, the M-Rokkor was my most-used lens. I prefer using a 40mm viewfinder with a 40mm lens; in the absence of a matching viewfinder I'm just as happy using 35mm or 50mm. As far as others share this preference, I can see how it tends to inhibit use of 40mm...
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Only 50mm and 90mm for me.
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I have a Contax G2, so I have 21, 28, 35, 45, and 90 lenses. The 16 is just such an odd fish, and so ridiculously expensive for what it is, and the 35-70 zoom for the G series is another odd fish in that it's slow, and covers the same range as three of the primes for the G series that are considered some of the best lenses ever made for 35mm.
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These are the lenses I have, listed in descending order of use:
50, 35, 90, 15

I'd most like a 28, charmed by multiple, temporarily-operational GR-1's, and would probably sacrifice the 15 to make it happen.
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All but 50mm. I only have one 35mm RF and one lens for that camera. It's a 50mm DR Summicron mated to a Leica M4.

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I only have 35mm.
Considering buying a 50mm, but don't really know if/when it'll happen…
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The poll states that you have these lenses or NOT have?
Why is 18mm the favorite focal length, and 50mm the least chosen? It is the other way around. Right?
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The poll states that you have these lenses or NOT have?
Why is 18mm the favorite focal length, and 50mm the least chosen? It is the other way around. Right?
Hi Raid - NOT have, which is why the 35 and 50 have the lowest totals. I guess others, especially those who probably shoot on 1 or 2 FL's found it easier to respond with what they have as opposed to what they do not have.

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I really only like working with one focal length and get confused when I have to choose. Right now for my leica I have a 35mm voigtlander, and a 50mm Elmar-M. I just finished a body of work using the 50mm for most of it and buying the 35mm at the tail end. Even on my nikon digital which I have a very wide range of hand-me-down lenses for I never really take more than one lens with me when I leave the house.
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all i have is a raggedy I-61 for my Bessa R2M ...
... but look at your photography output, Paul!
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Hi Raid - NOT have, which is why the 35 and 50 have the lowest totals. I guess others, especially those who probably shoot on 1 or 2 FL's found it easier to respond with what they have as opposed to what they do not have.

It's all good.
The first option in the poll threw me off, Keith. OK. All is fine now.
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I have a 21, a 28, two 50s and a 90. This set of lenses does pretty much everything I need it to do.

Still, I would like to have the Voigtlander 35/1.2 ASPH Nokton for its very shallow depth of field.
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Don't have 12. 15. 18, 21, 24, 25, 35, 40, 90, 135
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