Lens questions.... Voigtlander/Zeiss/Leica on Leica M.

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Lens questions.... Voigtlander/Zeiss/Leica on Leica M.

Hi

I am taking more and more photos at concerts. While the shutter noise of a DSLR is not a problem pop/rock concerts, it is a different story on classical concerts or even harp concerts. That's why I am looking for a quieter camera (well, all cameras are quieter than my Nikon D4), but to cover harp concerts, a DSLR is certainly not an option.

I was looking for a Leica rangefinder digital camera and have the chance to test a Leica M9 over this weekend. The M9 came with a Summicron-M f:2/50.

The thing that surprised me most is the lens... Not only is it razor sharp, it also features a wonderful bokeh.

Here are a few test shots, nothing too artistical, these are really just meant as test shots to learn to handle the camera:

I might really be tempted in getting a Leica, probably the Leica M (240) for the better high iso performance for concerts. The thing that really holds me back is the price of Leica lenses.

I saw that both Zeiss and Voigtlander do also make lenses in Leica M mount. How close do these come to the performance of the Leica glass? What are the more recommended third party lenses? Are there Voigtlander or Zeiss lenses which are better avoided?

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