- Lens was used entirely at f/1.4 for the entire review, in every picture unless stated otherwise.
- No protective filters were used.
- Editing was kept as simple as possible in Lightroom, with no clarity added/subtracted to maintain the lens’s true signature.
- This is not so such a technical review, but more so focused on the lens in field-use.
- Pictures are meant to represent a variety of achievable results, typical of the average Leica M user (nothing overproduced).
- No distortion or lens correction tools have been used.
- Special thanks to Leica Camera Australia for the loan sample.
I can’t express how excited I was when Leica announced the limited edition M100 set, commemorating Leica’s 100th Anniversary, with a new Summilux-M 28/1.4-ASPH lens in chrome, a little over a year ago. I've been lusting after a 28/1.4 M lens since I started M photography some 21 years ago. I knew it was only a matter of time before it would become a regular production lens, and I’m very happy that it has finally come to fruition.
My experience with the 28mm focal length has been quite extensive over the years. My first experience with using a 28mm prime came in the Nikon 28Ti compact film camera, followed by the Ricoh GR and the Nikon AF-D 28/1.4 lens, which at the time delivered fantastic results (at the time). Fast forward to 2015, and we now have the ultimate (and only) ‘fast’ 28mm lens ever produced – the Leica Summilux-M 28/1.4 ASPH lens.