Last updated (31 August’10):
– Review by PDNGearguide
The Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH features 35mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/1.4. The lens construction has 9 elements in 5 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 63 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 2.5 feet and has a filter size of 46mm. The Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens weighs 8.8 Ounces and it measures 2.1 inches in diameter and 2 inches long.
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Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Reviews
PDNGearguide reviews the Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH and writes;
“Best of all is the quality it produces: tack sharp results even in difficult lighting conditions. Capturing revealing “decisive moments” just got a lot easier. I was quite surprised by the very minimal image distortion (in theory something that could be eliminated by creating a lens profile).”
Kenrockwell reviews the Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH and writes;
“There is rarely anything out of focus, so bokeh has little meaning here. If you can get a background out of focus, bokeh is only fair (a little on the rough side), but nothing to worry about since nothing goes that far out of focus. I can’t see any coma (corner smearing of bright points of light). I didn’t push it, so maybe it will or won’t have any on really bright points of light in the corners at f/1.4, but from my shooting, it wasn’t there.”
Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH User Reviews
One of the best fast wide angle rangefinder lenses available, | Rating:
“The Leica 35mm f1.4 Summilux-M ASPH lens is not only one of the finest fast wide angle rangefinder lenses available, it was also the first of the new generation of Leica M lenses renowned for their optical excellence. Wide open, this lens performs essentially as well as its slower f2 sibling, judging from test reports I have read at Erwin Puts’s website and elsewhere. It is the lens favored by most Leica M rangefinder photographers working in low-light conditions. I have found this lens to be amazingly sharp with excellent contrast and resolution; only my 28mm f 2 Summicron-M ASPH lens performs noticeably better…” – by John Kwok
Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Sample Photos
Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH User Manual
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Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Specifications
Leica M Series Lenses Compact, lightweight and covering an optimum range of practical applications, Leica M lenses offer a unique optical performance that has secured them a leading position throughout the world. With focal lengths ranging from 21 to 135mm and speeds of up to f/1.0, these valuable precision lenses are distinguished for their superb imaging performance and long service life. Other features include: Excellent sharpness, high-contrast performance and an extreme resolving power even at full aperture Extremely compact design using lens elements with high refractive indices and low dispersion values Uniform, neutral colour rendition Exceptional freedom from flare due to special Leica multiple coating Long service even in tough, everyday professional use and smooth focusing thanks to the mechanical precision of the metal helical focusing mounts.
The focal length makes this an all-round versatile lens – yet its high speed makes it an exceptional lens with ample reserves for any situation. The complex optical design with an aspherical lens surface produces an image quality at full aperture that is unique for compact wide-angle lenses. This lens is available in black anodized or silver chrome finish.