Reviews and Problems with Leica SUMMICRON-M 35mm f/2 ASPH
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8 July 2014
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
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: http: //chromasoft.blogspot.com/2009/10/vignetting-correction-issues-on-leica.htmlBut 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. The earlier version had hotter highlights and a more chunky draw.
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.
Excerpt: A nice compact lens that produces sharp results in most situations. However, I have found it to be subject to unacceptable flare if there is a bright light in or near the subject. And the price includes a Leica brand premium which may or may not be warranted.
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: The combination of this incredible lens with the M9 body just makes wonder. The color rendering, the luminosity, and the sharpness of it all, just make my favorite hobby even more enjoyable. This lens makes it even clearer that the limit is solely my ability to see the shot or not.
Pros: Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable, Sharp, Vivid color rendering
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.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.On a day hike I'm always trying to pack light and this little lens is an easy choice.
Pros: Balanced Color Contrast, Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable, Sharp