Summicron. First part is derived from Summit like Mount Everest and the second part Cron came from chroma for colour. I think this detail that Leica puts into a product I find fascinating and the beauty in the craftsmanship and attention to detail in lens perfection is why I’m addicted to Leica.
ASPH Meaning is “Aspheric Design”. The glass element is Leica’s patented “Press” process with the element pressed into an aspherical shape.
Leica M stands for “Messsucher”, which is German for “Rangefinder”.
[•] 18mm Leica M Super-Elmar 3.8 ASPH
First test shot on the Fujifilm X-H1. Please take into effect the crop factor 18mm X 1.5 = 27mm
ISO was up a little to 1250 and image is quite passable. There is softness just look at the cars number plate. Focus was on the famous Shell logo.
Low light I normally recommend a tripod but this was to see how passable for street photography and low light conditions with F3.8 aperture. If you manage to hit focus on your subject images would this Leica 18mm be acceptable.
Review in progress.
[•] 28mm Leica M Summicron F2 ASPH
The Leica 28mm Summicron F2 ASPH is one of those lens we don’t often see written or talked about. There were no video reviews on YouTube last time I checked or many photographers giving a detailed description on why you would purchase and use this type of lens.
The 28mm Summicron is by my definition a hidden gem. Its design enables you to produce superb crisp clean photographs. The 28mm is capable of producing exceptional panoramic’s stitched with multiple photographs because there is practically no distortion. Added bonus light flares are 99.9% eliminated.
Superb image quality, outstanding performance, deeper blacks, cleaner shadows and crisper details. With so much thought and design to go into such a small lens who wouldn’t want to add this to their photography kit.
I have used the 28mm in a mix of lighting conditions and its by far the top of the food chain in quality. I love my Pentax and Canon FD but the Leica 28mm just dominates.
I would consider the 28mm Summicron the epitome of all lenses I have ever used. Highly recommended for Travel, Street, Landscapes and people. This focal length is a go to recommendation and you can see why Leica introduced the Leica Q as the 28mm focal length is capable of everything under the sun in the world of photography. I cannot speak highly enough of the 28mm. wow just wow.
Sony A7II with Leica 28mm Summicron F2 ASPH
Aperture F2, Shutter 1/8000Sec, ISO 400
[•] Leica 35mm Summicron F2 ASPH
The 35mm Summicron is preferred by many for its size and focal length and I have admit I’m a bit of a fence sitter on this lens and prefer the 28mm. Optically the 35mm is perfect in every way. As expected focusing easy and simple with the roll of the middle finger to snap on point without any hassles.
More images to come.
Serial numbers for this lens started @ 2,974,251 – Today
Review in Progress.
[•] Leica 50mm Summicron F2
The bokeh is a strong point with the 50mm but what exceeds is the build quality the weight and feel of the len’s. I could of easily chosen a Zeiss ZM or Voigtlander Nokton to use with the Leica film camera’s but to really enjoy Leica having lens and camera together is a much more enjoyable experience. I have found the 50mm complements the 35mm Summicron and hope to share much more the lens performance and hopefully with the new Leica M10-P.
It is often said there is no better 50mm lens on Earth than the LEICA SUMMICRON-M 50mm f/2. The summicron is the world’s reference for a 50mm photographic lens when comparing with other manufacturers and sets a benchmark for the world’s standard for performance
[•] Leica M7
Leica M7 Japan Edition is simple, mechanical, solid, precise and excels as a small, quiet and lightweight camera for serious photography.
The beauty of shooting film is knowing that the camera sensor will not fail after 5 years because that’s the beauty of a film camera. Built to last. Many photographers debate the M7’s ability to really last with the built in electronics but I have owned a few canon film cameras which are hitting 30 years of age that still work perfectly and I especially don’t see this as a problem with the M7. So no more digital upgrades every 5 years, no more counting megapixels or ISO capabilities just going to focus on clean simple elegant photography.
My Leica M7 “Japan Edition” and how it came to be story:
The reason I always wanted a Leica contributed to a number of factors including my father that was an excellent old school optometrist and for many years the Leica camera and especially lens had been sitting in the back of my mind. So this magical unobtainable camera brand with its sleek looks and beautifully crafted lenses and M bodies and precise engineering screamed ‘You can own a lens camera combo that works for life” really made an impression.
Now acquiring this type of camera will come down to a number of sacrifices and the first one is cost.
A good friend of mine said to me about photographic gear. “Never buy Second Hand” and I took this on board and thought about this dilemma for years would I ever go down this path until the one day searching on eBay a beautiful Leica M7 caught my eye going for auction.
Recommended retail price of $5500…
Nope cannot and will not purchase at this price and as I scrolled down the webpage saw the bidding at a price. Over the next few hours I sat back contemplating and working the figures for a future empty wallet and then dreaming of the camera in my hot little hands and ummhed and arrrhed to the point with my heart racing placed a bid in the last 10 seconds hoping I made the final purchase bid. I then took a large sip of Ron de Jeremy Rum that my brother in-law cheekily purchased to help calm the nerves and for the first time became a proud owner of the Leica M7 0.75 Japan Edition in A++ condition.
There are a few Leica camera owner’s on websites giving advice on what is the recommended purchase on model type etc…. But selecting your first Leica camera is easy just do all the research in the world. And at the end of the day follow your heart
One side to this story is knowing that the camera sensor will not fail after 5 years because thats the beauty of a film camera. Built to last. Many photographers debate the M7’s ability to really last with the built in electronics but I have owned a few canon film cameras which are hitting 30 years of age that still work perfectly and I especially don’t see this as a problem with the M7. So no more digital upgrades every 5 years, no more counting megapixels or ISO capabilities just going to focus on clean simple elegant photography.
[•] Leica MP
The ‘MP’ designation stands for “mechanical perfection.”2002 – Current. This new MP with its lower profile is almost identical to the M6 but with the M3/M2 type rewind knob and film advance lever. However the M6TTL meter read-out with an extra dot diode in the middle for precise exposure control is used.There are many improvements in the internal construction of the camera for the increased durability and in common with other contemporary M cameras the top plate is precision milled from solid brass as zinc is used in the M6. Includes optical improvements to the rangefinder and available with 0.58x and 0.85x magnification viewfinders as well as the standard 0.72x.The standard finish in black lacquer (Code 10302) and silver chrome (10301) with a new type of body covering that has particularly good grip characteristics.There is no engraving of Leica Camera AG Germany like the M7 making the MP more sleek of any the Leica script and the camera serial number is engraved on top as the M7’s serial is on the top of the hotshoe.
Leica M stands for “Messsucher”, which is German for “Rangefinder”.
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