Without anyone to guide me in my Leica journey, I made several punishingly bad purchasing mistakes. What I needed was a friend who was like me to tell me what to buy. I had nobody to help me. It was a mess. I was a mess.
The Recommended List is intended to give you lens purchasing advice as if you were my brother, father, girlfriend, wife, cousin, or boss and do it in a way that makes sense to normal people. If your situation is the same as mine, I should also be able to save you money and time with your purchasing decisions.
It took me a decade to generate my list. I hope you enjoy it. For the first several years of this website, this was paid content. In 2023 I found that my search was over. This is where I leave you to start your own journey. My recommended lists are now available to everyone – for free. Just hover over the word THE RECOMMENDED LIST in the top navigation bar and click on one of the drop down menus.
Nothing in my lists are or were ever sponsored. I struggled with which lenses to buy just like I am sure you are doing right now. I didn’t test everything under the sun. In each list I explain why I chose which lenses to test and which ones I think you should still consider even if I didn’t test. You are going to find that thought process interesting. Given that my search pretty much ended in 2023 it is possible that my lists are dated. In particular, there are a number of Voigtlander lenses that are not included on these lists that I think you should try.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I am still happy to help any way I can.