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Leica 28mm Summicron-M f/2.0 ASPH 35mm Primes

4 star rating
                      4 / 5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $2095.00

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length28mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2
    Min Aperturef/16
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance27.6 in
    Picture Angle76 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size46 mm
    Groups / Elements9 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diameter2.1 in
    Length1.6 in
    Weight9.52 oz
    Product ID20724714

Product Description

The Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH. is the ideal choice for reportage photography with the Leica M8. It is a powerful and compact wide-angle lens delivering outstanding picture quality. Due to its excellent light-gathering power it is particularly versatile, producing particularly convincing results in difficult light situations, in twilight or in dimly lit rooms. This optical performance is further enhanced when the lens is coupled with the digital Leica M8. The focal length extension factor turning the optics into a 35 mm standard lens. The imaging performance of the Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH. is already impressive at f 2. The detail rendering and brilliance are remarkable. Even in critical lighting situations, such as against-the-light exposures, disturbing reflections and stray light are practically eliminated. and with its 75° angle of view it captures sufficient frame for lively reportage shots.

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Yukio a Professional

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2014

Strengths:    Well built

Weaknesses:    Incredibly poor quality soon off the center of image. Sent to Leica for recalibration returned with the same problem.

Bottom Line:   
I use it on Sony cameras like all the other Leica lenses that perform beautifully. The Elmarit 2.8 (old model) performs like charm. I bought this one hoping that it's aspheric and newer design would render better images. It is not the case in spite of what many reviews say without showing samples larger than a stamp. I'm very disappointed. I will sell it.

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Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joel a Expert

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2009

Strengths:    size and weight
sharpness and contrast

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Having had and sold the M8 along with 35 summicron, 50 lux, and 90 elmarit, I have found the weight:quality tradeoff with a DSLR dissappointing and have returned to the upgraded M8.2 with the 28 elmarit asph. It reminds me so much of the compactness and friendliness of the 35 summicron which was my workhorse in the past, but I always wanted more angle of view. Now I'm a one body, one lens shooter which suits me just fine for my needs. And the small compact size of this kit is unbeatable for the results one gets. This review just confirms my choice over the the much more expensive 28 summicron, a beautiful lens indeed, but IMHO, not worth another $2500.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Blane a Professional

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2008

Strengths:    "Sharp".
Eveness of apparent sharpness.
Flatness of field / Minimal distortion.
Relative compactness.

Weaknesses:    Expensive.

Notably shallower depth of field compared to spherical wide-angle lens designs,
may prove limiting to close, handheld work.

My sample does not render fine detail as realistically as my 4th version 28mm Elmarit, nor as well as the 35mm f2 Aspherical Summicron I also use.

Ergonomics favour compactness rather than ease of operation, compared to older body designs.

Enormous, intrusive lens hood.

Modern 'drawing' characteristics of the aspherical design, including bokeh, may not suit the individual more used to the results from earlier Leica lenses.

Bottom Line:   
I bought the f2 28mm Summicron Aspeherical to replace a 28mm 4th version Elmarit. The Elmarit was already excellent for my work, but, given the reviews of the 28mm f2 Summicron, I assumed I would see at least a degree of improvement in results.

The Summicron is, without doubt, a high resolution optic. However, I was unprepared for the marked reduction in available depth of field, even at smaller apertures, compared to that of the Elmarit. I happily use the latter at 2.8, and seldom miss a shot due to focusing error. I even use the 35 f2 Aspherical in the same way, and have never experienced this limitation with the lens.

With a rangefinder camera, I always work at wide apertures and very close in, using the 28mm as a 'standard' lens, more than as a wide-angle. With the Summicron, the reduced depth of field proves very difficult for this sort of working, even when stopping-down to f4. I have good technique, but this 28mm Summicron challenges it. I found myself using higher ISO settings to gain a stop or two in aperture. This is not what I was hoping for. I'd bought the 28mm Summicron for the extra stop - suddenly, I was working at least a stop down from my usual working aperture.

Even when stopped well down, it has not been my experience with the 28mm Summicron that it renders fine detail as realistically as my sample of the 28mm Elmarit. Even though there is an apparent sharpness, and this is held to the edges of an image, as promised, there is a strange quality to the drawing of the scene that appears as might a vibration of the image before the eye. It's very hard to describe, sensibly. It is not a characteristic I have noticed with other aspherical designs I use. Used in the traditional manner of a wide angle - not close in, and stopped down, the lens does produce a convincing wide view. I note that it will produce an impressive townscape, room shot, or still life. I do a lot of so-called "lifestyle" shots, and have found that the 28mm Summicron works well with close up table-top shots in rooms. It has a modern, "busy" bokeh, that can work well in these circumstances.

If you are considering the Summicron 28mm, say, as a 'standard' lens replacement on an M8 or RD-1, be sure that the shallower depth of field of this aspherical design isn't something that will burden your working style. You may well find that you are better off with a pre-aspherical 28mm Elmarit. Certainly, the version 4 sample I use is everything one would expect from a Leica lens. And, for me, at least, the Elmarit is much easier to use in confidence within my working style. If your experience of the Summicron proves similar to my own, you can save yourself a lot of money by buying the older, slower, and in my view, superior Elmarit.

With the 28mm Elmarit, I'm a photographer. With the 28mm f2 Summicron Aspherical, I have to perform as something of a technician. This is too-much of a restraint for me. The Elmarit remains my general purpose tool, while the expensive Summicron 28m has the role of a specialist lens for those shots where I need its aggressive, apparent sharpness, it's flatness of field, et al. I am not sure I can justify keeping it in my kit, for all the use it receives.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   CV f1.9 28mm (Lovely lens - cheap, and I found it easier to use than the Summicron, even wide open - though focusing was stiff.)

CV f2.5 35mm

35mm f2 Summicron Aspherical.

28mm f2.8 Elmarit Version 4.

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by vpeabody a Expert

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2004

Strengths:    Sharpness, low light and isolating capabilities, convenient focusing tab. Excellent construction.

Weaknesses:    Sometimes large flare patches occur if a bright object is just outside the frame. Hood is bulky and cuts into viewfinder frame.

Bottom Line:   
The 28mm/2 ASPH is far and away the best lens in the 24-28mm range that I have used. It is extremely sharp and relatively smooth in out of focus areas, producing excellent results in photojournalistic crowd shots of people at f/5.6 and f/8. I am blown away by how lifelike recent pictures I took of protests by the Massachusetts Statehouse looked. The wide open performance is also really good for isolating subjects, and it is far easier to focus a rangefinder fast wide angle than an SLR fast wide lens like the Nikkor 24mm/2 I used to own. Fast SLR wideangles have the disadvantage of not being able to show differences in focus point well since everything looks in focus in the veiwfinder, whether it really is or isn't actually on the negative. With a rangefinder the focusing accuracy is dependent on the rangefinder baseline and magnification, and even the Leica 0.58x finder is more than adequate to fcus this lens.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   popflashphoto

Similar Products Used:   Nikkor 24mm/2 AIs, AF Nikkor 24mm/2.8, Nikon 28mm/2.8 Series E, Nikkor 28mm/2.8 AIs, AF Nikkor 24mm/2.8

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steven Fierberg a Professional from Los Angeles, CA United States

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2003

Strengths:    Speed, exceptional contrast, no distortion, and most of all, remarkable resistance to flare.

Weaknesses:    Like all rangefinder lenses, close focusing is limited, but better than competing brands, such as Voightlander. Lens hood must occasionally be removed to clear lower right area in finder.

Bottom Line:   
The lens is excellent, I use it wide open, or one stop down all the time. It has NO flare, even in dimly lit interiors with bright sunlit windows in the bg. Otherwise excellent lenses (Canon, Nikon) would fail in these circumstances. At 5.6 there is breathtaking sharpness and contrast. No distortion, makes it great for people in their environment.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Samy's Camera

Similar Products Used:   Nikon, Canon, Sigma 28mm lenses, Leica Reflex 28mm.

Type of photography:   People

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