I’ve been using this lens for three years and am really very pleased with it. I have a pair of Leicaflex SL bodies with dud meters so the cams issue does not affect me at all. I meter with handheld meters. I do not find the stopped-down aperture problematical at all. Most of my shots in the U.K. are around f5.8-8 so the viewfinder is rarely dark. The finder in a Leicaflex SL is very bright anyway, certainly compared with some Japanese cameras. The results from the P.A Curtagon are excellent and that includes colour. Mostly I use Tri-X though.
I was fortunate to obtain the correct lens hood when buying this lens as it holds the series VIII filters in place. I’ve been collecting them for mono work -orange/red/green/blue and polariser. There’s a small rubber wheel in the hood to adjust the polariser. These guys really thought everything out. I don’t use the shift aspect of the lens as I’m not into architecture. I use the P.A for street and general reportage. One gripe though, I’ve added a 90mm f2.8 R lens to my outfit, but that’s a series VII filter job. Pity we could not have standardised somewhat. So I’ve been considering the purchase of duplicates for the 90. The build quality of this gear is amazing. The bodies are not too expensive if you buy one with non- working meter. Of course the correct battery is not available and has not been for at least 20 years. It requires the PX625 mercury oxide cell @ 1.35v. The alkaline PX625 @ 1.5v is not suitable as the initial voltage is too high and then it starts dropping. An unstable voltage is useless for a camera meter. My pair were £65 each, the 35/4 was £225 and the 90/2.8 R was £149. Meters and bag I already had. We will not see quality like this again. Every time I venture forth, I find some guy looking at my camera. Often he speaks and I spend 10 minutes explains the history of the Leicaflex- the diesel Leica.