It’s exactly a year since I pushed the button and was lucky enough to buy myself a Leica Summicron 35mm f2 ASPH.
When I bought my Leica M10-P a couple of years ago or so, I promised myself I would one day own a Leica Summicron 35mm ASPH.
It’s one of those lenses that through time has reached almost legendary status and it was on my wish list from the beginning.
Between buying the camera and buying the lenses, I tried a couple of 35mm focal length lenses.
I originally bought the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.4, but was never happy with it. As sharp as it was the vignetting even close to wide open was really noticeable and proved quite a challenge to remove in post processing.
I also tried two different 7 artisans 35mm f2 lenses, which looked the part but the out of focus areas were almost psychedelic to me, and both suffered from terrible chromatic aberration along with really needing to be fine tuned on the M10-P.
I then picked up a Voigtlander 35mm f2.5 Color Skopar which was a really nice small lens, with good quality and optics, but the call of the Summicron lay there and it was an itch that needed scratching!
Finally I had the chance to pick up the Summicron 35mm ASPH and exactly a year later, I am still more than happy with the lens and have no intention of moving it on anytime soon.
OK, so they’re expensive, but for me it was an expense I was prepared to meet.
The feel and quality of the lens is just perfect. The aperture clicks are positive but not over powering, the focus tab and pull are really so smooth, it’s quite easy to find focus due to this.
For me it is the ideal/perfect 35mm focal length lens with image quality that oozes sharpness, micro contrast and great colour rendition. I know some people think 35mm focal length is boring, but for me it’s a jack of all trades and one that lives almost exclusively on my M10-P.
I don’t think I could be any happier with any other lens in this focal length and and I’m looking forward to spending many more years with this little powerhouse of a lens.
So, happy anniversary little 35mm ‘cron.