Sunny Day vs Cloudy Day lens

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by hinting, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. hinting

    hinting Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 13, 2012
    I use 2 collapsible 50mm on a Leica CL and my Lumix GX1. They were both at bargain price at a local market. The question is: why two 50mm lenses of similar kind?

    The answer is simple, they are not the same.

    My Elmar 50mm F2.8 has relatively low contrast at F2.8. I don't know if it is the same on all the copies. This is great for a sunny day, it flats out the contrast and preserve of the midtones and shadow area, ideally for portiarts. I can easily manipulate and pull the curves afterward for the desire results.

    The Summitar is higher contrast wide open, especially with the hood. It has great micro-contrast while 'glows' around highlights. It also twirls on the edges, more noticable on the 35mm film than the fourthirds cropped sensor. This is great for cloudy overcast days, as it brings out the contrast in an otherwise flat lighting condition.

    Both of them are pretty sharp and contrasty once tighten to F4 and above.

    So depends on the weather of the day, I bring a different lens out.

    Which is your sunny day lens, and which is your cloudy day lens?


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