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Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2.0 Asph

29 March 2010
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • excellent build and barrel quality,
  • very good image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image quality at the frame edge,
  • low chromatic aberration,
  • distortion corrected in a splendid way.

Cons:

  • huge vignetting,
  • very steep price tag.

The pros list is relatively short if you take into account the price of the tested lens. It would be difficult to add something more, though, because in the case of the coma, astigmatism and the work against bright light the lens reached just average results so they were put neither in “pros” nor in “cons”.

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Undoubtedly one big disadvantage of the Summicron 2/28 is its huge vignetting. We could have anticipated such a slip-up, though. With such parameters and dimensions, taking additionally into account the presence of a rangefinder where the detector is situated very close to the rear lens element, this flaw was impossible to avoid. Every cloud has a silver lining, though.” Visual art” enthusiasts will be over the moon about it – as they add vignetting on principle they will be spared the effort. Those who will want to remove it and lighten the image in the corners must take into account the fact that the noise will increase by a 3 EV factor in the lightened areas.

The second disadvantage, namely the price, is something you can add to practically every tested Leica product. Most often, though, it is a huge drawback for those who have never owned and will never own a Leica. Those who decide to make such a purchase, rarely discuss money.


Sample shots:

Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2.0 Asph - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2.0 Asph - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2.0 Asph - Summary
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 28 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/707 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 5.28 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 28 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/4000 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 4.56 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 28 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/60 sec., ISO 1000
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 6.09 MB
Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2.0 Asph - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2.0 Asph - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2.0 Asph - Summary
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 28 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/354 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 7.13 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 28 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/180 sec., ISO 320
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 6.79 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 28 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/125 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 5.89 MB
Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2.0 Asph - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2.0 Asph - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2.0 Asph - Summary
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 28 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/250 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 4.98 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 28 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/707 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 5.82 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 28 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/500 sec., ISO 2500
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 7.43 MB



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