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Best Leica R Lens for Canon 1Ds MarkII ?, Your Opinion and Advise?

Kika Mulic Livno , Mar 04, 2007; 10:18 a.m.

Looking to buy "two or three" in total best lenses for Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion. I would like to buy "only new" Originally I was thinking Medium Format Contax, Rollei, Hasselblad? but I was advised on Leica R lenses as the very best.

So, I would like to find out from you guys what is your opinion and advise?

Thank you


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Stuart Richardson , Mar 04, 2007; 10:48 a.m.

180mm f/2.8 APO Elmarit, 100mm f/2.8 APO Macro-Elmarit, and a wide lens like the 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit. The new zooms are also excellent -- the 21-35 and the 28-90 are fantastic, and all the current telephoto zooms are great.

John Spiers , Mar 04, 2007; 10:59 a.m.

And what exactly is wrong with Canon L lenses, as used by the vast majority of the world's professional photographers?

Do yourself a favour and save yourself a lot of hassle - buy Canon.

Thorir Vidar , Mar 04, 2007; 11:18 a.m.

c'mon, this is the leica forum. canon has to be crap. unless it's 40+ yo, and screws onto a leica ,-)

Derek Stanton , Mar 04, 2007; 11:30 a.m.

Maybe the ROM E60 50mm Summilux. But, my experience with the 35 and 50mm Summicrons, and the 80mm Summilux did not lead me to believe they are superior to the Canon lenses i have. Get the Canon 35L, the 85L and then consider the 50L versus the 50/1.4. Even if the Leica Summilux is better than the Canon 50s, you'll get more consistent results (sharpness) with the Canon's AF, and won't have to deal with stop-down workarounds. Shooting fashion, you don't want to have to limit yourself to shooting at only apertures of f4 and wider.

If you really want to use Leica-R lenses, get a used R8.

Vinay Patel , Mar 04, 2007; 11:36 a.m.

The only lenses I've ever heard a sizeable number of Canon-toting pros claim that Canon is significantly enough lacking in performance so as to make them look to adapted lenses, are the extreme wide angles. The Zeiss Contax 21mm and Leica's current 19mm are popular.

Guy Mancuso , Mar 04, 2007; 12:13 p.m.

Leica 15 2.8,19 2.8, 28 2.8 35 lux and cron, 50 lux and cron, 60 macro, 80 lux, 90 cron, 100 macro, 180 f2, 180 2.8 , 280 f4, 28-90, 35-70 2.8. These are the best around and used everyone on the DMR, 1dsMKII,1dMKll and 5d. The best Canon lenses there fisheye, 35 1.4, 50 macro, 85 1.2 ,135 f2, 200 1.8, 400 2.8, 90 TSE owned them also. The rest of the Canons i would consider general purpose, good but the ones listed are there best.

Pick your poision

Marek Fogiel , Mar 04, 2007; 12:16 p.m.

Look up the alternative digital systems and lenses forum on fred miranda's site. There is a whole community of people looking to adapt best lenses from other manufacturers on Canon cameras. There is also a 16-9 lens test site, where you will find a compilation of best lenses on the market at each focal length. That being said, I feel that in the normal to telephoto range, there are lots of excellent lenses from many manufacturers, including Canon, and this focal range will be your bread and butter choice, so maybe it is only justifiable to use other manufacturer's lenses for lanscape/architecture, wide angle slow type of work.

As a teaser, I would say - forget Canon and get yourself a D3 with the Zeiss ZF primes in the shorter range and the 70-200VR Nikkor zoom for the rest.

Raymond Tai , Mar 04, 2007; 10:21 p.m.

Ditto what Vinay wrote. Canon's 35L and longer are neck to neck with R lenses. The 24L has a bit of distortion but if you are shooting people then you will not notice it. For straight lines you can use the 24L TS. If you need any wider than that then maybe you can consider the Zeiss 21mm. Been there and done that and can say firsthand it is not worth the hassle.

Nels _ , Mar 04, 2007; 10:47 p.m.

After endlessly repeating the much more practical advise of sticking to Canon image stabilized L glass, especially at the longer focal lengths, and only ever considering alternatives in the wide angles department when your needs are served by mounting the camera on the tripod and fulfilling the pixel peeping art/commercial director's strange desires, I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that we should proactively start recommending any and all exotic glass from Leica, Zeiss, et al, to anyone who wants to put up with the hassle of using them with Canon. This would effectively keep the smart working pro focused on getting the results the way they know how to get, and keep the rest of the "professionals" busy with what they like being busy with - convincing themselves and anyone who'd listen that Leica and Zeiss glass is categorically superior.

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