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Very nice. What are your thoughts on this lens vs. the Zeiss 100mm f2 Macro that you have shot with in the past?

I looked up the Leitz and saw it has a minimum focusing distance of about two feet which seems very useful. Seeing how far out it focuses before reaching infinity focus makes me think this lens was designed from the get-go for portraits and similar foreground/background separation tasks.
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Very nice. What are your thoughts on this lens vs. the Zeiss 100mm f2 Macro that you have shot with in the past?

I looked up the Leitz and saw it has a minimum focusing distance of about two feet which seems very useful. Seeing how far out it focuses before reaching infinity focus makes me think this lens was designed from the get-go for portraits and similar foreground/background separation tasks.

thank you....

I don't have a Zeiss 100/2; I do have a Zeiss 85/1.4, however, which has a very different character than the Summicron-R....

the Leitz shoots as a much older lens, with more of a film character - you can see it in the lack of micro-contrast; the Planar 85/1.4 is a much more modern lens and beats this lens in sharpness, color rendering, and micro-contrast....

both have a longer minimum focusing distance (2 ft for the Summicron-R, nearly 3 ft for the Planar), both are heavy, and they both are super to shoot with.... but are quite different lenses....

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Ah, that's right, not sure why in my head I swapped that Zeiss 85 for a 100. In any case, yes, I could see how you might say they're quite different. I really like the out of focus highlights of the shots you've shared with the Summicron 90.


I think for a 90mm optic a 2 foot minimum focusing distance is pretty great unless close focusing macro work is required.
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Ah, that's right, not sure why in my head I swapped that Zeiss 85 for a 100. In any case, yes, I could see how you might say they're quite different. I really like the out of focus highlights of the shots you've shared with the Summicron 90.


I think for a 90mm optic a 2 foot minimum focusing distance is pretty great unless close focusing macro work is required.


exactly - it's not a macro, nor a close-focusing lens, so it's MFD is quite handy....
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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
thank you - it would be awesome to see your images with this lens...

mine is not the APO version...
It has been a fair old while since I have taken my Leica 90mm out to shoot. This image from 2013 of my daughters is still one of my favourite images with this lens. I processed the images in Aperture/Nik Effects at the time. I thought the lens was well suited for B&W images.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
the Leitz shoots as a much older lens, with more of a film character - you can see it in the lack of micro-contrast; the Planar 85/1.4 is a much more modern lens and beats this lens in sharpness, color rendering, and micro-contrast....
I have enjoyed these images, but I really need to stop looking at new Leica lenses - they are extremely expensive
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