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The Summilux M 1.4/21mm ASPH thread


Al Brown
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This awesome 21mm lens with f/1.4 f-stop totally deserves its own thread.

The popularity of fast wide M lenses among Leica photographers seems to drop as soon as one drifts away from the optical viewfinder lines of the eternal 28mm / 35mm / 50mm trinity. Leica even went as far as to discontinue its entire 24mm M line of lenses at some point in 2020, including the precious Summilux 24.
Yet for reportage, conventions, events, concerts, wedding receptions and people photography, a fast wide angle is usually priceless. What the Summilux 21 f/1.4 offers over other slower (f/1.8 to f/3.4) lenses from the 21mm scuderia (there are not many for the M, although Voigtlander and TTArtisan offer direct competition with same or very similar f-stop) is the incredible separation of the subject from the background, an amazing feature for a wide angle lens. The 21 lux is of course a Karbe masterpiece, Erwin Puts even said in one of his articles that "If you compare the 1.4/21 with the 0.95/50mm you see comparable quality."

Please post your images and share your experience with the 21 lux - everything from series VIII/8 filters and other adapted filter solutions to your experience with this light beast in the field and on assignments, preferrably wide open. This is NOT a SEM thread, but a comparison between the two is OK.

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Two with the 21mm Lux ASPH.  I sold this lens and then, after a couple of years, bought one again.

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  • 3 weeks later...
On 3/9/2021 at 11:51 AM, Al Brown said:

Cool stuff @Narsuitus, do you have any pics with the 21 lux scanned?

 

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5 hours ago, Narsuitus said:

 

Top one is so funny, made my day on Friday evening.

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My friend has one from the first year of production serial number 4079xxx and mine is from a recent purchase #47xxxxx. I can confirm the hood from his Summilux mounts on my lens too loose and will not lock in place whereas my hood is too tight on his. So something changed.

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wonderful silky bokeh, I can see Peter Karbe magic in this lens! There's something delicate and elegant in the way it renders that is totally captivating. Like an artist paintbrush ...

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