Reviews and Problems with Leica 90mm f/2.5 Summarit-M
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Better than Tele Elmarit or Elmarit!
Rich in San Francisco, B&H Photo
28 October 2012
Excerpt: My very first photograph with this lens, downloaded into included Photoshop Lightroom 4.2 and printed without any enhancements, full frame is astonishing, at least to me. Tack-sharp, perfect coloration, contrast and detail.
Excerpt: I'm very happy with this lens. It's super sharp, easy to focus, and the bokeh is nice and smooth. Great for portraits or discreet street photography. It's extremely well built and I would buy it again. Highly recommended!
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I just bought this lens and am still getting to know it (so I can't yet report on how things look at the lower f-stops, for example). So far it seems exactly as advertised. I have a Voigtlander R3M, and my other lenses are Voigtlanders, but after looking at all available information, I decided that this one was worth the extra cost over the Voigtlander f3.5 90mm, which is bigger and heavier, roughly half as bright, and has a screw mount (so the adapter would add even...
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Great optics, very clear all over at all apertures. Build is excellent. A bargain for Leica users. The lens has a little less glow than a 2.8 Elmarit and does not come with a lens hood so a used Elmarit with built in hood may be a better value. For a new lens, this is hard to beat at the price.
Summary: I had the chance to handle this fine M-mount rangefinder camera portrait (short telephoto) lens at this year's Photo Plus East and came away quite impressed with it. It focuses nearly as quickly as my APO-Summicron-M lens, but, better yet, offers a level of a performance that is as good as, if not better, than Leica's top-of-the-line fast 90mm lens at a significant savings.
Summary: I was a bit concerned after reading some not so great comments about this lens. In fact, many suggested to buy a used 90mm Elmarit instead. I am sorry, but I do not agree. This is a fantastic lens. Some have also criticized the construction quality of the lens... here again, I must disagree. This lens is all Leica.. in construction and in image quality. In fact, I like the rubber focus ring. And lets be realistic... one buys a Leica lens for its image quality...
Summary: I primarily shoot with a 50mm 1.4 Summilux and 35 f2 Summarit. I wanted something with a little more reach, but did not want to spend the money for an f/2 Leica. This lens is perfect. Nice weight, balances well with my M9-P, and MP. Quality built. Only down side is that you need to buy the lens hood separately. Sharp rendition of images with very nice bokeh when you shoot wide open. A light weight lens that performs, and hits a very nice price point in the Leica world.
Excerpt: I purchased this 90mm lens to use with my Leica M9 because I wanted a lens similar to the Canon 85/1.2 which I use for a large percentage of my work on the F/F Canon cameras. The 85mm produces stunning images and although this lens is not quite as fast, it still produces beautiful results which mirror those which I get from the Canon lens.
Summary: If you reviewed this lens w/o knowing it was a Leica lens, you would be impressed by its extremely sharp performance. But if you compare it to top end Leica lenses like the 90mm Macro Elmar, you would notice that the Summarit renders images much flatter and colder. The aperture ring is looser, the focus mechanism is almost gritty in comparison to the silkiness of other Leica lenses.