Seems as though there are some lenses with which one can form a sort of bond, feeling comfortable to the point that one can visualize the completed image before the shot is taken. For me, the 180mm f/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R is such a lens. Although I have a lot of work to do with the 75mm Summilux, the bond has already started.
Heading out the door with an M camera, 35mm is the focal length I almost always choose to “wear.” The ‘lux FLE seemed to be the best choice at the time I acquired it earlier this year. It is perfect. Perfect color. Perfect sharpness. Perfect corrections. Too perfect. I can’t make it do anything except take perfect images. And I haven’t bonded with it.
The now-departed 135mm APO-Telyt-M was another too-perfect lens. A Mandler Tele-Elmar-M probably would have been a better choice, assuming I could focus it correctly by rangefinder.
Maybe the bottom line is that technical perfection is more desirable with the birding gear, where it is also impossible to come by. With the shorter focal lengths, a certain level of technical excellence is desirable, but with a bit of what’s most often referred to as “character” added in.
Wow. Looks like the M9 is about to ruin me . . . 😉