Originally Posted by Tom A
Lenses currently: Serenar 35f3.5 flares and not that great!
Canon 35f1.8 bl/cr Good lens, maybe not super sharp - but works fine.
Canon 35mm f2.0 . I have always liked this lens - small and compact and really a good performer - at least in bl/w.
Canon 50f1.2 - a bit big and ponderous and prone to flare - but I like it. As per usual - it has oil on the blades and needs a cleaning (spring clean 2009 maybe).
Canon 85f1.9 crome. Oh boy is it heavy - but quite nice - similar to the Summarex/Nikon 85's f1.5. And just like those - you need a hood on it.
I will probably try to find a 50f1.4 again. Liked that lens and foolishly traded it off long time ago.
I did have the 100f2 - better than the big Bertha Summicron 90f2 from the 60's - but somehow I did not like its performance anyway and traded it away.
Oh, one day I will probably pick up one of the 25's too - I have a 25f4 in Nikon Rf mount so one in Canon screw mount would fit quite well into my 'stash".
Tom posted this 10 years ago. I do miss him.
My take on the three Canon rangefinder lenses I own:
Canon 28mm f2.8 Chrome -- Good lens, mine's sharp on center, even wide open - has veiling flare wide open until stopped down to about f4.0 - but works fine (lens used by Garry Winogrand on his M2 early in his street photography).
Canon 35mm f1.8 Black/Chrome -- Good lens, mine's sharp on center, even wide open - has veiling flare wide open until stopped down to about f2.8 - but works fine.
Canon 35mm f2.0 Black -- Japanese Summicron - well maybe - small and compact and really a good performer - at least in bl/w.