Do I need a new R-50 'cron? : LUSENET : Leica Photography : One Thread

I have a gap in my R system. I have a 1.4/35mm and 2.8/100mm APO-Macro for my two primes. I am considering a 2.0/50mm 'cron, but would like advice as to whether or not I should buy new. (I always buy new, but for a 50 I might change) Before that question, I also have the 28-70 Vario-Elmar, also new, so would the 50 'cron have a place in my bag? If then new or how old/used delivers quality like my other primes?

-- Paolo (, February 05, 2002


...would the 50 'cron have a place in my bag?

If you have to ask, then you don't need it. -That is the criteria I apply in order to avoid uneccessary purchaces, and it has saved med a lot of money.

-- Niels H. S. Nielsen (, February 05, 2002.

Niels - a great philosophy. I wish I had applied it a few times in the past. I'd have avoided taking a loss getting rid of stuff that sat doing nothing.

-- Bob Todrick (, February 05, 2002.

Hello Paolo. Provided the classic and universal 50mm. focal length is to your liking a late "pull out" hood version 50mm Summuicron-R lens in good condition will always have the potential to render for you photos which are a pleasure to behold.Regards.

-- Sheridan Zantis (, February 05, 2002.

-Well Bob,
Sometimes I forget :-)

-- Niels H. S. Nielsen (, February 05, 2002.

Well the 50mm 'cron is cheapish new and very cheap second hand, so if you "always buy new" you can afford it with the 50mm 'cron. Personally I always buy s/h and a there are many 50mm around right now s/h. They are a superb lens and superb value. No changes in the design since 1978 or thereabouts. How do you like your 35 'lux?

-- Robin Smith (, February 05, 2002.

Paolo, Buy it s/h. If you use it for a while and like it, fine. If you do not like it you can sell, and probably at a profit.

-- Ed DeAngelis (, February 05, 2002.

I don't know your shooting style but I see your range is well-covered from 28-100 so if there are gaps in your system they are at the wide and long end. A 19 or 21 might be one possibility, as might a 180, 80-200 or even a 2x for the 100.

-- Jay (, February 05, 2002.

If I were in the market for a 50 in the R, I would look at the latest 1.4 (E60). Everything I see and hear about this lens says it is incredible. The added speed for the R is a great plus. I don't see it used much but eventually they will start showing up.

-- Bob Haight (, February 05, 2002.

Er, Paolo, don't spend the extra on the 1.4/50, nice but heavy.

Try to find a second hand 2/50, they are fine and usually in good shape.

If you are accustomed to the Zoom, a fixed focal might feel strange.

It's nice for a challenge: I start off for a week end but I don't want to take more than a lens. Or: Let's work with a 50mm and see what comes out.

Have fun. X.

-- Xavier d'Alfort (, February 06, 2002.

I have a lovely mint boxed 50mm summicron(pull out hod) if your interested( along with a whole case of other R bits and bobs).

-- steve (, February 06, 2002.


If you have the 1.4/35mm and 2.8/100 APO, you are not going to think the 1.4/50mm is heavy. The view is very bright as you probably know from using the 1.4/35. I think the questions should be: What do you want to photograph that your current lenses will not suffice? Under what circumstances? Do you want a wider view than the 35, something between the 35 and 100, or longer than the 100? Do you want/need a wide aperture or a small light lens? Answers to these questions may guide you to the right selection for you! The used-vs-new decision is a personal one. I prefer new but then I do not plan to sell my Leica lenses. My young grandson is going to inherit a great photographic kit. I only hope he will use it with half as much pleasure as I have had. Good luck with your choice. LB

-- Luther Berry (, February 06, 2002.

Paolo- I think that there is a place for a fast 50mm lens in most people's bags. I have the new 50mm F1.4 and love it. It is a remarkable lens that is not that heavy and fills the void of having a fast lens for available light. I use it at night or in museums or for street scenes. Buy it new or second hand... You will not regret it.(8>)--Albert

-- Albert Knapp MD (, February 06, 2002.

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