It’s Sunday night and I just received an e-mail from LensRental.com reminding me that I need to return the lens or call for an extension. As I type, the lens is safely packed away and will be shipped tomorrow.
Overall, I can speak very highly of LensRental.com. The rental was a breeze; it was packed very well and the lens was in top shape, very well cared for.
As for the lens itself, it was a decent lens. I think that it lacked the contrast punch of the Summicron, but this is easily corrected with sliders and such. It’s large aperture, f/1.1 didn’t amaze me as much as I thought it would. Sure, it could gather about 1 1/3 more stops of light than my current 50 mm, but that wasn’t quite enough, for me, to offset the disadvantages of the lens, especially given how I use the lens. The disadvantages were:
1. Comparatively heavy.
2. Large and conspicuous.
3. Seriously encroaches into the view finder.
1. Great light gathering ability.
2. Feels well built.
3. Operates smoothly.
I didn’t really make and comparisons on bokeh, as with the rangefinder, I generally shoot at f/8 or f/11, but I did want to try this lens, even though I had to shoot counter to what I usually do with a rangefinder.
It was a great experience, the rental. It was a nice way to try a $1,000 lens for $6 USD per day. So, had I considered buying this lens, the final answer would be no. Your mileage may vary, though. If you do lots of night shots, you might find yourself wanting this lens.