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Want a perfect medium lens? It doesn't get any better than this LEICA 35mm f/2 ASPH. The only reason not to get this lens is that once you do, you'll never have any real reason to go lens shopping again. You'll finally be able to just go out and shoot for a change.
Just about anything. You could spend a lifetime shooting with this 35mm lens and never need another. This is an ideal medium focal-length lens. It's a slightly wide normal, or a very weak wide angle.
There isn't anything this lens doesn't do well, so if I have to find something, you might want to use a camera other than the M3 because the M3's magnificent high-magnification finder won't cover this 35mm lens.
The Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH is a very nice lens, that delivers amazing sharpness in the image center, but impresses a lot less at the image borders and corners, at least in terms of sharpness. Vignetting is fairly pronounced wide open and also on a rather high level stopped down.
I have not taken this lens off for over a month now and it is my go to lens. I have the Summilux-M 1:1.4/50mm ASPH which is a great lens too, but the 35mm seems to fit every occasion. It is compact in size and the construction with the metal hood and the smooth focus ring makes for a great lens.
I just acquired the silver version. Optically it is the same as the black, but it is made from brass instead of alloy. It gives it a denser feeling, and gives the aperture ring a more solid feeling. The sharpness and clarity of this lens wide open is breathtaking.
Bought it used from a forum member at photo.net Besides it being a sharp lens, I also love the tab. At first I thought it was kinda weird, but now I have come to love focusing with one finger.
sharp lens with great finish (mine is chrome) and heft to match., Focus with one finger!
the hood does not have a slot so it blocks off some of the viewfinder
I directly compared this lens to the most recent 35mm f2.4 Summarit lens. The comparison was made using an M246 Monochrom body. The Summarit is an incredible lens and is less expensive. However, its rendering is different--a bit more clinical in my opinion.
Possibly the sharpest 35mm wide-angle lens you can buy at this writing. Wide-open, stopped down, it doesn't matter - it's sparkling and snappy-sharp to the corners at every aperture. I've also owned the earlier version one and three 35mm Summicrons.
It's a little bigger than the previous version, but it's still as amazing as ever. The 35mm Summicron is a lens you never get tired of. This is the one lens you can live with if you could only have one. To me, it is the "normal" lens for all 35mm rangefinders. How good is it?
Leica is truly an iconic name in photography and it is well deserved. With icons there is the potential that some people get a little precious about that icon and sadly use it as a badge of their good taste rather than focusing (pardon the pun) on what they can achieve with that icon.
The 35mm f2 Summicron-M ASPH lens is the latest, best version of the venerable line of Leica 35mm f2 Summicron lenses which many photographers have adopted as their primary lens for Leica M rangefinder photography, where it excels especially in unobtrusive street photography.
When having an balanced conversation regarding Leica products the following must be remembered: A)Good things cost money. B)All photographic equipment has an optimum usage style. and C)Comparing apples to oranges never produces anything useful. Now my review...
Sharpness., Contrast., Size., Speed., Like no other 35mm prime out there.
None, (Yes, photo gear is expensive....save up and get over it)
The 35 Summicron Asph is my 4th 35 Summicron in over 30 years. Fantastic performer! I shoot quite a bit in low light, so welcome the extra sharpness at the wide open aperture. I'll keep my early one, an old friend, but this one is the best.
Sharpness, contrast, and build quality.
legibility of markings. size increase over the earlier versions (I know the glass design likely dictated this; Those smaller pre-Asph 35 Summicrons are the perfect size, IMO)