Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Leica M

Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a Leica M9 and RAW-converted via CaptureOne.

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Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/4000s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1500s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3000s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1500s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1500s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/4000s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/2000s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/4000s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1500s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/4000s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/4000s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/750s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/90s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/180s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/250s
Make Leica Camera AG
Model M9 Digital Camera
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/750s

Verdict

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. When 6-bit coded, the camera reduces vignetting considerably, however one should be aware of the drawbacks of this approach regarding noise. CAs are very well under control and no issue in the field.

Bokeh is a bit nervous in the transition zone, but in general quite good for a wide-angle lens. Unfortunately, background highlights form polygons except for the largest aperture setting.

As you'd expect from a Leica lens, the build quality is excellent and nothing to complain about. At least, as long as we're talking about the lens itself, because the hood of the regular lens editions feels a little cheap in comparison.

So, a very compact and very capable wide-angle prime. As with many Leica lenses, its only real "issue" is its price tag.

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