Just a short one today!
Just a selection I shot on HP5 last April. Of course the camera was Oskar the Leica IIIa.
The lens was my nice Summitar 50mm f:2.0. It’s not a sharp lens, it flares, is renders harsh light in some dreamy way, but I quite like it.
Some might say it has that fabled ‘Leica Glow’. I call it a mediocre lens that I have to live with and that gives, on occasion, very nice results.
All depends on the light, the subject and the look I like.
If you are into retro looking photographs, do not hesitate and get a Summitar! They are among the cheaper Leitz lenses as they are screw mount. Nothing to compare to a Summicron of course.
Of course for the price of this lens I can get a couple or three Takumars for the Spotmatic. And those will be perfectly clean and render sharp, contrasty images like I love them.
So is it worth to bother with imperfect lenses?
Yes…. and No?
What do you think. Is sharpness overrated or shall we always strive for the best image quality. What’s more important, the image quality or the look?
And please don’t tell me that the imperfections can be added in Photoshop!
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