Reviews and Problems with Leica SUMMICRON-M 35mm f/2 ASPH
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Chris D, B&H Photo
1 week ago
Excerpt: I wanted something lighter to pair with my new Sony A7 that I could use for street and travel photography. I am an amateur, so I was a bit concerned about the cost. Whether it was a good idea to spend that much on a lens or not, I am really happy with both the picture quality and weight/size.
Excerpt: This is just so an extraordinary lens! Tak sharp at any distance, colors are fantastic and the 35mm Focal length is highly versatile for everything, for what one should need to do. For me, no need to get the f1.4 35mm Summilux-version, as the new version with FLE(floating-elements),has still some focus shift left (only a tiny bit, but it is still there...) so why bother to spend $ more, as the Summicron-M Asph. is just perfect!?
Excerpt: I picked this lens up for my Leica M(240) to replace a 50mm Summicron as i wanted something wider. I am constantly being surprised by how sharp and amazing the images are from this lens, even wide open
Excerpt: I prefer to shoot 50mm and 75mm. But 35mm offers you more latitude to hand hold in dim light or in tighter spaces. This lens is very easy to use and hence I do agree this is probably the best rangefinder lens to recommend to beginners. I'm not a huge fan of the focussing tab, but on the 35/2 there is sufficient DOF that you never need to worry about super fine focus adjustments...
Summary: A dream to have this lens on my Leica M. Simply perfect, compact, easy of use. Probably the best combo to work on the street with people moving Taking picture with the available light is also very easy with the new M and high iso
Excerpt: Delivers better color neutrality across the frame than the Color Skopar Pancake II I was using, though now I've learned it's probably not the Skopar's fault: <br /><br />http: //chromasoft.blogspot.com/2009/10/vignetting-correction-issues-on-leica.html<br /><br />But in trying Leica 35's to replace the Skopar, I saw something unexpected: this 6-bit version draws much differently than the uncoded 35 cron asph I tried before it.
Excerpt: Great lens, superb sharpness and mechanical handling. The copy I received had issues with the stiffness/smoothness of the focus ring movement. Aside from that, my only other criticism is the price. There are few lenses that can rival the sharpness of this lens, and none that can touch it in terms of size and construction. A very well-balanced lens if you can afford it.
Summary: The silver Leica lenses are made of brass not aluminum like the black ones. It makes them feel more solid, as well as being noticeably heavier. Optically this lens is close to perfect. Nothing else to say. Crazy sharp at all apertures, minimal to no fall off, minimal to no distortion. The only question is the price/value equation and that is up to you to decide. Remember how people say "they don't make stuff like they used to?" Well, one company still does. Leica.
Summary: I just acquired the silver version. Optically it is the same as the black, but it is made from brass instead of alloy. It gives it a denser feeling, and gives the aperture ring a more solid feeling. The sharpness and clarity of this lens wide open is breathtaking. Anyone can make a lens that is sharp at f8 or f11. If that is your measure as how to compare it, then there is absolutely no need to buy this lens.
Excerpt: I use this lens with film and digital M cameras. It's small size allows me to easily carry it in a pocket. The versatility of the 35mm focal length is equally useful in a busy urban environment as well as a grand landscape.<br /><br />In town I zone focus this lens and shoot from my waste in stride. I'm able to capture real life urban moments without any apparent intrusion on my part.
Pros: Balanced Color Contrast, Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable, Sharp