Considering that this lens is 57 years old and cost less than the price of a Leica lens hood it is shocking how well it performs. Mechanically speaking it feels as solid as any Leica lens I’ve owned.
I’m especially fond of the knurled focusing ring, but not so fond of the l-o-n-g throw and the infinity lock. The one benefit of the infinity lock is that if you’re used to using a tabbed throw then the lock can work in a similar way. I’ve read that the infinity lock can be bypassed, but I might just see if I can live with it before messing with the any of the mechanics.
Something else worth mentioning is the aperture ring. It has excellent ‘feel’ with very positive clicks into each setting. I get the feeling that it’s hard to accidentally knock it out of place. However, the clicks are only in full stops: f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.8, f/8, f/11, f/16 and f/22. With clicks that are this pronounced, it is probably not the ideal lens for anyone looking to shoot video.
A couple more from last night and tonight.