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Finding Good Value in Pre-Owned Leica Lenses

Any serious photographer needs at least one wide angle lens in their camera bag. Leica lenses are renowned for their quality, and a Leica 28mm lens may be what you need. For many photographers, the Leica 28m is an excellent choice for a wide angle lens, and they are available on eBay in several designs, with the most popular being the Leica 28mm Elmarit and the Leica 28mm f/2 or Summicron.

Why are Leica lenses highly valued?

Most professional photographers think that Leica sets the standard by which other cameras are judged, and not only because they are handmade and technically superior. While the initial outlay is high, in the long run, you may save money by choosing Leica 28mm lenses. Leica lenses are fully compatible with all Leica rangefinder cameras. Equally important, the lenses your father bought for his Leica M rangefinder also fit on your Leica M digital. Although Leica has several 28mm designs, the most popular are the Leica 28mm Elmarit and the Leica 28mm Summicron.

How to choose between a Leica 28mm Elmarit and Summicron?

Depending on the specifications you require, Leica has individual names for lens speeds, such as:

  • Leica 28mm Elmarit is f/ 2.8 mm
  • Leica 28mm Summicron is f/2
  • Leica 28mm Summilux is f/1.4
What are the advantages of Leica 28mm Elmarit Pre Asphes?

Before producing the aspherical lens, all camera lenses were shaped like parts of a perfect sphere. The aspherical lens, which is more expensive to produce, has a complicated, irregular surface. Aspherical lenses take sharper pictures and require fewer elements. Thats why there are photographers who love their Leica 28 mm Elmarit Pre Asph lenses. Under most conditions, the difference in resolution is slight. With the older 28mm Elmarits, smoothness in out-of-focus areas (“bokeh”) may be more pleasing. Finally, the older lenses are often lighter and smaller.

What should you look for in buying a used lens?

First, check its condition. Make sure there are only a few, if any scratches and those should be very fine. There should be no fog or fungus in the lens. Scratches and marks on the mount are less of a big deal. Also, assuming that the lens is in top condition, try to find one that comes with the right hood. Finding the proper hood separately can be hard. The serial number of the lens tell you its age. However, on eBay, it’s easy to find the right Leica 38mm lens online.

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