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: Verdict

Leica has clearly prioritised curvilinear distortion as the wideangle photographer’s number one enemy. A lot of effort has gone into creating very low levels of distortion. It’s an honourable cause, but I wonder if everyone will feel the cost in chromatic aberration is worth it. I struggle to live with coloured margins on my edges – they add colour to monochromatic areas and they reduce sharpness.

Leica Summilux-M 28mm f:1.4 ASPH review (2)

The lens is a pleasure to use though, and the excitement created in combining differential focus with a wide view is enough to make pictures stand out on its own. At f/4 through to f/8 the lens is about as sharp as you’ll need, but those hoping to stop down further for more front-to-back sharpness will see some blurring of fine detail.

So, not for everyone, but those who 
like working in dim conditions, those looking for visual excitement and architects will be mostly happy. Those looking for technical accuracy and maximum sharpness 
at every aperture will 
be less so.

Details

Price:£3,975
Filter mount:E49
Lens elements:10
Groups:7
Maximum aperture:f/1.4
Minimum aperture:f/16
Minimum focus:0.7m
Length:67mm
Diameter:61mm
Weight:440g
  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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