m8 and 28 ultron question
Old 04-06-2007   #1
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m8 and 28 ultron question

Hello everybody!

I'm almost decided on buying a M8 and am now researching for a lens to go with it. Since budget is an issue I could only buy one lens for now and I feel 28mm focal length would suit my shooting style better. So, after some research (I subscribed Sean site) and considering budget I'm considering either the ultron or the new elmarit.

I' more inclined to the ultron since its cheaper, a stop faster and has excellent reviews from Sean. My only "but" is that it isn't coded, so my question here is how does this lens behaves in colour with the m8 with a filter? Any side effects? All your opinions/experiences and samples are very welcome.

Btw, is there any place in Manhattan where I can find the 1.25x magnifier?


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Old 04-06-2007   #2
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You really won't have that much of a problem with the 28, as its actual focal length will be closer to 35mm. I use a bunch of wide lenses with IR filters on the M8 that aren't coded - 12mm - 25mm. The only problems I can see are in the ultra-wides, wider then 25mm, you get a bit too much cyan drift on the edges. Optics wider then 25mm can be helped with coding, but with careful Photoshop skills, the cyan drift can be remedied.

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The cyan corners are there, but they are not dramatic. They are more noticeable if you have lots of solid tones in your images, like white walls, blue sky etc. The nice thing is, and if you read Sean's review you might remember this, the 28mm ultron had the least amount of cyan drift of any of the 28mm lenses he tested. I mostly use the 35/1.4 ASPH and a lot of other of Leica's best optics, but the 28/1.9 holds its own. It is an excellent lens.

This is an example, but I think it is without the IR filter:

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StuartR, have you had any trouble correctly
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StuartR, have you had any trouble correctly

focusing with the 35lux at lower appertures? Although the lux is out of my budget right now, I might consider the 35cron, though I'm concern about the focusing issuewith these lens.
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No, I have not had any trouble, but I have pretty good eyesight and I am fairly young. Usually that helps. But assuming your vision is good, any M camera has more than enough rangefinder baselength and magnification to focus a 35/1.4 accurately. The 50/1 and 75/1.4 are more difficult, but definitely still within the realm of possibility for all M's (except maybe the CL).
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