Reviews and Problems with Leica SUMMILUX-M 21/1.4 ASPH
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JimBob, B&H Photo
5 March 2014
Excerpt: The 21 mm 1.r. is carried in my bag at all times for low-light photography along with the 50 mm .95. Both are outstanding. Amazing performance is available both indoors and out. Outrageously expensive, but not regrets. Bit heavy, but the quality of this lens is superb! No regrets. Save the money if you're a Leica fiend. You won't regret spending the dough. Taken superb photos of with this camera of the ocean at dusk and well after, camp fires.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: Optically and mechanically superb in every way, it would be difficult to make a lens that will outperform it. Small compared to other manufacturers f1.4 lenses it is a large Leica M lens resulting in a front heavy/weighty lens on any Leica body but the resulting images make it worth the slight inconvenience. The price of the lens is astronomical however we are seeing other manufacturers lenses at this mechanical and optical quality selling for similar prices.
Excerpt: I gave this lens 5 stars, optically it deserves it, this lens performs beautifully and balances nicely on any M body. It is sligtly heavier than most Leica lenses but small for a FF 21mm. Unfortunately Leica has handicapped this lens with regard to filters. The lens hood takes Series 8 filters, a drop-in filter that doesn't need threading but is otherwise a poor choice. Series 8 is difficult to find, except for uv/nd/pol.
Excerpt: I'm fairly new to photoghraphy, but I like to spoil myself with good gear. I bought the M9 and just love everything about that camera. This lens is an absolute beauty. The best color rendition, crystal clear corner to corner. Vignetting is heavy from wide open to around f4 and then disappears completely at around f5.6 from what I can tell so far. I'm still learning where that cut-off is for the heavy vignetting. The build quality is second to none.
Pros: Easy to use, Exceptional image quality, glass quality, Leica brand and support, Low Light Photography, Total build quality
Summary: I was at first wary about buying such an expensive lens. Leica being Leica, most of the time you just have to suck it in. I'm a 1 camera 1 lens guy using a 35mm Summilux ASPH for years and I have often found myself wanting to kick the edges of the 35mm to go wider. After having decided on pulling the trigger, it was a tough choice between the 21mm or the 24mm.
Summary: this is probably my favorite leica lens.....and i have some good ones! use not so easy or a bit time consuming, as at times i find myself looking through the magnifying eyepiece, and then through the view finder for focusing. for architecture, landscape, and even street photography, i LOVE it. great picture quality. fast, compact, a beauty. those who have read my other reviews, see i seldom rate anything a 5 star. in this case, i oblige.
Summary: I have been working with this lens for only 1 week on an M9. It is without doubt one of the finest I have ever used. At f1.4, central image is extremely well detailed even at the minimum focusing distance of 0.7 meters, thanks to the floating elements. The corners are very slightly softer at 1.4 but more than able to render sufficient detail, and of course there is noticeable vignetting wide open.