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Leica 90mm APO-Summicron-M f/2.0 ASPH 35mm Primes

5 star rating
                      5 / 5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $0

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length90mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2
    Min Aperturef/16
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance39.37 in
    Picture Angle27 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size55 mm
    Groups / Elements5 Elements in 5 Groups
    Diameter2.5 in
    Length3.1 in
    Weight17.64 oz
    Product ID20946425

Product Description

Apochromatic colour correction and an aspherical lens surface are combined for the first time in this lens of this type. Of its five individual elements, two are made of high-refraction glass, while two others feature anomalous partial dispersion. Its brilliance and quality of resolution are exemplary even at full aperture. Light falloff is very low. Its fast aperture, for a 90mm lens, lets you shoot at relatively short exposure times even in dim light, helping to minimise the effects of camera shake, for instance when photographing street scenes from a distance.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Christian Nagel a Expert

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2004

Strengths:    Mechanics, perfect optics from f/2 on !

Weaknesses:    None. The lens is worth every penny (according to the official price)!

Bottom Line:   
I got this lens at Ebay USA for 500 USD !!!! The bargain of my life !
Before this one, I used the M 2.8/90, which is also excellent and a little bit more lightweight. I sold this lens after aquiring the Apo 2/90. This lens is simply outstanding. Crisp, sharp, bright and not too heavy. Superb contrast, smooth focussing and aperture. Same level as the fabulous Apo-Macro-Elmarit R 2,8/100.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Ebay USA

Similar Products Used:   Elmarit-M 2,8/90, Apo-Macro-Elmarit R 2,8/100, Apo-Vario-Elmarit 2,8/70-180

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave_in_HK a Casual from Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2003

Strengths:    * So sharp you'll need eye protection to look at your negs
* Solid build & good heft

Weaknesses:    * Too sharp for glamor work (no kidding)
* Price, of course

Bottom Line:   
Astonishingly sharp, almost too sharp for portrait work. This lens will mercilessly exaggerate every wrinkle, pore, pockmark, and wayward strand of hair on your subject, and at wider apertures your focal plane had better be dead on because even small errors will be obvious. Great if you want all that detail, but you'll need a soft focus filter to flatter your subject. Really shines in outdoor work where distances are greater and light levels let you stop down for DoF.

I give the lens 4 stars for value - the stiff price merits 2 stars off, but give 1 back because resale value will hold up over time.

Lens build is great, solid but not heavy, mounted balance OK. Focus ring was a bit stiff on mine, which is fine for me since I don't want my focal plane wandering. Aperture ring had a little bit of play but nothing for concern.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by breglumasi a Expert from Italy

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2001

Strengths:    It is an apo and an aspherical, what's more?

Weaknesses:    The price, of course. But quality has its own price.

Bottom Line:   
It is outstanding. I've never believed my eyes for what I 've seen, ex. with slides.
No comparison is possible with other lenses. At full aperture is splendid and so at 5,6. You can not miss it in your stable.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $1950.00

Purchased At:   Turin - Italy

Similar Products Used:   contax

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Edward S a Expert from Miami

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2001

Strengths:    Sharpness, color saturation

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
If you travel with a Leica, then this should be in your bag. It is a great lens to get in tight with people and feels better balanced, while being lighter than the 75/1.4. Soft background at 2.0 with great bokeh, sharpness and saturation. Sharpness is excellent +++++++. The colors saturation that you get with this Leica APO is really special. When compared to anything else (other than the 75/1.4) , there really is no comparison. I will use the 75/1.4 for locally and take this one when I travel because of its lighter weight and better balanced on my M6. However, this is not to degrade in any way the 75mm/1.4 lens which is so appealing in its fingerprint. Overall, both lenses are to die for, with different characteristics with the 75 having that extra f stop and a little better bokeh (softer and cadence of out of focus area)in my judgement. In my opinion there is nothing in the 35mm universe that touches either lens if you are looking for the shot of a lifetime. When you put these results up against other lenses at the same place and time, then you will understand my position. You cannot go wrong with either the 75mm or the 90 APO. Both will retain their value, because of their inherent quality.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $1290.00

Purchased At:   Teng , Hong Kong

Similar Products Used:   Nikon 105/1.5, Minolta 100 macro, Leica 75mm/1.4

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David Kernaghan a Professional from Toronto

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2000

Strengths:    Exceptional resolution, colour fidelity, and flatness of field. Nice compact size, resonable weight, and state of the art wide aperture performance. A great shooting combination with any M series body.

Weaknesses:    Not cheap by any standards.

Bottom Line:   
This is a lens without peer, a lens that sets the standard for all other medium telephotos. I know of no other lens in this range that can compete with the APO at f2.0, and f2.8. When you factor in the lack of vibration from a M series body, this lens gives wide open performance that no other high speed telephoto can match. I have owned all of the similar product lenses, and only the 90 Elmarit gives similar performance at f5.6 or f8.0, but if you need true APO performance at wide apertures, there is only one choice. Stunning results on Kodachrome.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   90 2.8 Elmarit-R, Nikkor 105 2.5, Contax 85 2.8.

Type of photography:   Fine Art

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