Leica APO Summicron: 75 f/2 compared to 90 f/2...?

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by luigi v, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. Hello all.
    I own a 90 f/2 APO Summicron and I am very pleased with it but I've been thinking -quite for
    a while now...- to either get a 75 f/2 APO as well and/or sell on the 90 and just keep the 75
    I love portraits shots and I keep reading glowing reviews of the f/2 75...
    BUT, is the exchange REALLY worthed in your experience/feelings (considering matters like
    size, bo-keh, lens computation etc) ?.
    Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
  2. PS I also have/use a 90 f/2.8 Elmarit for those "bo-keh" shots..........
  3. The 90 APO is such agreat lens and I would be loathe to part with it even for a 75. If you really feel you need the latter, save up your kopecks!! If you sell your 90, you will eventually regret it.
  4. Just wondering where the 90 macro elmar current fits in with portaits. Seems like a nice small lens.
  5. John A, it is a great lens but too slow for some and too sharp for some others. It is however perfectly capable of making meaningful portraits of people, but then so is a 28mm unless a 'portrait' has to mean 'face' or 'head' or 'head and shoulders' - a popular misconception. Johnny.
  6. Portrait with 75/2
  7. Another...
  8. Luigi,
    Since picking up a 75/2.0 my 90SAA has seen very little use. My travel kit now consists of a 35/1.2 and 75/2.0, and I couldn't be happier. For me, the gap between 35 and 90 was too big, and the 90 a little too tight for close portraiture. I prefer to get a little more environment in the shot, and the 75 does that very well.

    Will I sell the 90SAA? No way. I will cut back on Starbucks for a few years instead.
  9. Dear Luigi,

    My 90 Summicron is pre-aspheric, but I don't regard this as terribly important: so's my 35 Summilux. But since getting the 75 Summicron I find 35/75 the perfect combination. It's focal length for me, not apheric/pre-aspheric. That and size, weight and the gorgeous quality of the 75/2...


  10. Luigi,
    With all respect to your desires, you will probably regret selling the 90SAA. It is a fabulous lens imho Leica's best. I sold my black version and in two weeks(and a few rolls of film) withdrawls set in. I quickly turned around and purchased a chrome version and now I am happy to say I have my "fix"

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