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Leica has five of its super-fast Summilux lenses for the M system now that this 28mm has joined the f/1.4 club, alongside a 21mm; a 24mm; a 35mm; and a 50mm. Unless you’re prepared to step in to the £7,000+ category of the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 Asph, f/1.4 is as fast an aperture as you can expect...
f/1.4 means you can shoot indoors without flash on autoiso and get minimal noise. 28mm wide angle means you can shoot inside normal rooms or restaurants. That is why I paid a premium for this lens.If I shoot outdoors in daylight, I take the 35 mm/ summicron at f5.6 for optimal picture quality.
I rented this lens for 10 days of shooting in Venice, Italy. I own a 28mm Elmarit-M f/2.8 ASPH, so I left it at home did the trip and finally returned the lens. Conclusion?The image quality of this lens is outstanding, which I actually expected from Leica, but this lens has a drawback.
The shots taken with this lens are very very sharp, good contrast. I tried using F1.4 to F5.6 and they are sharp corner to corner with no vignetting.I don't find this lens heavy. The 24mm F1.4 is even heavier. I decided to get this lens rather then the 24mm cos I have a 21mm lens already.
There are only two 28mm that are this fast. This one is not big, but heavy. Haven't used Nikon 28mm 1.4D AF, but that one is probably even more heavier, and is autofocus as well as discontinued, thus no longer available.
Never used the Zeiss Otus, so cannot compare. Used for years the Zeiss 28mm 2.0 for Nikon, as well as the Leicas 28mm 2.0 and 2.8.This one is better by a very material and substantial margin, micro contrast, OOF with strong separation, very well built and with outstanding images over a large swath...