No substitutes . . .

Lately missing the 35mm AOV when shooting APS-C lately, and with no 23mm Summicron-TL anywhere in sight, I headed out for a walk with the 24mm f/3.8 Elmar-M on the CL. I knew there’d be little or no subject separation with this lens, but I wasn’t prepared for how much that would bother me while shooting.

Regardless of what the endless online debates conclude about what f/2 on APS-C really is, I read somewhere (maybe a Dr. Karbe article) that the lens was designed for subject separation on APS-C to the same degree that a 35mm Summicron does it on full frame. That means an alternative like the Lumix 24mm f/1.8 (nowhere to be found in these parts) or the Sigma i-series 24mm f/2 just wouldn’t do the same job on the CL.

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With the F-mount 2X long gone, there have been no takers for the 300mm PF so far. The tripod collar arrived earlier in the week and the dumb adapter a few minutes ago. With it, I can choose an R lens profile with a roughly equivalent focal length and have IBIS on the SL2-S, so I will see how effective it is tomorrow.

If hell freezes over and the lens actually performs well, I might throw more money in the garbage source a 1.7X TC, with which I had some good results in the past. That would yield a ~500mm f/6.7 combo on the SL2-S. I already suspect, though, that I’ll be happy only with Leica glass. Again, nothing can substitute . . .

CL/24mm f/3.8 Elmar-M
CL/24mm f/3.8 Elmar-M