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I don’t know if it is my favorite lens,but certainly one I have had a long term relationship with. Leitz 50mm 3.5 Elmar collapsable screw mount. I first got it about 40 years ago when I acquired a Leica IIIc with it from a friend. I fell for it’s look and simplicity right away. I put a bunch of rolls through the camera and found the pictures wonderful with a subtle sharpness. One picture in particular haunted me. It is of two Central Park carriage horses and the eye of one seems to jump out at me. I have had the print hanging on a wall in front of me every since. The IIIc went on the shelf after a while, succumbing to newer cameras that were easier to use and more with the times. I went through Pentax, Nikon, and Canon Cameras and lens and moved on to M4, M6 and M8 Leicas, but the 50mm Elmar kept staring at me from the shelf. Every so often I would pick it and admire it. Several weeks ago I received my GF1 (partially based on your enthusiasm). It is a great carry around camera. I was intrigued by the idea that you could use other lenses on the body, but I didn’t quite believe that it would work well. However, I bought a Fotodiox converter and by means of a screw to M converter the little 50mm3.5 sits on the GF1. The immediately got comfortable with each other. The 50 year old pre-war babe and the young high tech kid. I cleaned up the lens got the the action running smoothly and am I having fun. Because of the ability to see through any lens and call on the close up feature when you push in the wheel, focusing is a snap.(the dual range 50mm is also amazing in close up mode) For the moment this is a lens I have real feelings about. It is a lens that challenges me and has a soul and while not have the optics of more modern lens it produces some very special sharpness to soft balance. It has of course become a 100 mm lens with the 2:1 factor , but that also makes it interesting in that my most comfortable (favorite) lens now is a (20 year old) 35mm Summicron on the M8 ( equals 56mm. +/-) I have photos to go with this but am not sure how to attach them.
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2010 on Your Favorite Lens at The Online Photographer