Beautifully Wrong

It does look Barnack-ish!

It does look Barnack-ish!

First impressions on a new, old lens.

Leica Summaron-M f/5.6 28 mm

Leica Summaron-M f/5.6 28 mm

It comes with a historically correct, humongous hood that I will keep in the presentation box in expectation of appreciation. The lens is deeply recessed into it’s pancake housing, anyway.
Leica did something left-of-center with this lens. It is a reissue of a fifties screw mount lens, this time with coated lenses, M bayonet, 6-bit-coding and slight updates in the engravings. The optical formula they left alone! So it renders like it’s 1955!

Heavy vignetting at f/5.6

Heavy vignetting at f/5.6


Very heavy vignetting!

Very heavy vignetting!

No need for effects filters here!

Color rendition is beautiful, in my eyes.

Color rendition is beautiful, in my eyes.

It isn’t half bad on the M monochrom, either:

This one does have a Nik Silver Efex filter on it.

This one does have a Nik Silver Efex filter on it.

I can see it being used for street photography. Here are some more probatory shots I took after I got it yesterday. A walk around the Leitz Park in Wetzlar and some pics from the motorcycle ride home.

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Surely, with a f/5.6 opening, you won’t be experimenting with shallow depth-of-field.

Leaves of grass, executive parking space.

Leaves of grass, executive parking space.

What little there is of bo’keh looks quite good to me:

Foreground detail of the previous shot. f/5.6

Foreground detail of the previous shot. f/5.6

Some more pictures made with this lens on the M monochrom:

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I *do* like this combination!

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2 Responses to “Beautifully Wrong”

  1. Michel Birnbacher Says:

    you made it – hope to see you in Nuremberg again!

  2. chammann Says:

    Nah … Still paying off this lens!

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