With a maximum aperture of f/1.4 Leica’s new 28mm Summilux for the M system offers that magic combination of wide angles and shallow depth of field. Damien Demolder tests it

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Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH review

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Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH review – a magic combo of wide angle and shallow focus

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Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH review: Build and handling

It’s hardly a surprise that this is a very nicely made lens. It feels solid in the hand and weighs an appropriate amount for its cost. It looks and feels expensive.

The barrel is all metal, and is broad enough that it blocks some of the scene through the viewfinder window. Leica has attempted to reduce the loss of vision by adding a neat see-through corner in the lens hood, but you still lose about an eighth of the window to the 61mm diameter of the barrel.

Everything, from the lens hood to the clicking aperture ring, moves smoothly and with enough resistance that things can’t easily be shifted by accident. The aperture stops have a definite feel, so 
even when you can’t see what you’re doing, you can feel it.

Leica Summilux-M 28mm f:1.4 ASPH review

The finger grip of the focusing ring is really quite large on this lens and its extension from the barrel makes a good, sure grip when focusing needs to be adjusted in a hurry. On the other hand though, it extends beyond the base of the camera when focus is between four and five feet, so that the camera can’t sit flat.

Selfie shooters may appreciate the slight upward angle this provides those who place the camera on a table, and with an aperture of f/5.6 everything between one and two metres should be reasonably sharp. Those using tripods however, will need to take care that the mounting plate doesn’t extend too far forward, otherwise focusing will be restricted.

  1. 1. Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH review - Introduction
  2. 2. Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH review: Features
  3. 3. Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH review: Build and handling
  4. 4. Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH review: Image quality
  5. 5. Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH review: Resolution, shading and curvilinear distortion
  6. 6. Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH review: Verdict
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