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Leica Summaron-M 28mm or Elmarit. 2.8 or 5.6


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Here are the lenses. 

Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH. Lens is the perfect lens all around. Small, sharp and given really great reviews. 

Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 Lens. Tiny, over priced lens with really great reviews. 

Not really sure why the reviews are so good for it. It's slow and the reviewers seem to ignore the IQ. 

All of that said, I really want that Summaron 5.6. It's a street lens and the size is a huge sale for me. 

What do you think, am I making a huge mistake? 

I am a hobbyist and bought the 50mm summarit 2.5 for the small size and focus tab. 

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i have owned both.  the summaron has a look that is unique, but to be honest, unless you specifically want that look, buy the elmarit. The size difference is immaterial for actual street photography - they are both light and small.  One disadvantage of the summaron is you can inadvertently get a finger or thumb in an image while focusing i'd you are not careful!

The extra 2 stops on the elmarit are significant.  most street photography seems to be at F8, but the light does go down... i find that i do a lot of street photography wide open, especially if i want to preserve a fast shutter without driving up the ISO (i prefer to shoot at 160 on the monochrom).  Having said that, one appeal of the summaron is that vintage look and heavy vignetting, which might complement some grain in the photo.

Just my thoughts.  These are emotional decisions as much as they are practical ones.  The summarit should do most of what you need, so if the 28 is a fun "luxury" lens as opposed to a workhorse, then the summaron might be a fun purchase.

 

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Just get it then.  I have 4 Leica 28mm lenses and the new Summaron is my favorite.  It’s small and renders well.

Is this the last lens you’ll ever buy?

 

M10P, Summaron 28

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1 hour ago, Mitchell35 said:

over priced lens

yes, if you believe it is overpriced, has IQ problems and is slow, I would say you are making a huge mistake. Are you considering it because someone wrote “it’s a street lens”? What does that even mean?

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So, I guess my point is that if it’s the lens you have on the camera at the time, it works just fine. I choose the Summaron deliberately often.

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vor 12 Minuten schrieb Drmat:

i have owned both.  the summaron has a look that is unique, but to be honest, unless you specifically want that look, buy the elmarit. The size difference is immaterial for actual street photography - they are both light and small.  One disadvantage of the summaron is you can inadvertently get a finger or thumb in an image while focusing i'd you are not careful!

The extra 2 stops on the elmarit are significant.  most street photography seems to be at F8, but the light does go down... i find that i do a lot of street photography wide open, especially if i want to preserve a fast shutter without driving up the ISO (i prefer to shoot at 160 on the monochrom).  Having said that, one appeal of the summaron is that vintage look and heavy vignetting, which might complement some grain in the photo.

Just my thoughts.  These are emotional decisions as much as they are practical ones.  The summarit should do most of what you need, so if the 28 is a fun "luxury" lens as opposed to a workhorse, then the summaron might be a fun purchase.

 

 

Thank you for the response. You're right. It would be fun to have. There is a cult following behind that lens. 

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19 minutes ago, KFo said:

As far as getting your finger in the way: easily to solve!  Put a step up ring on the lens to act as a guard keeping focus finger out of the way.

The hood helps as well... I tended to not have the hood on mine because i liked to be able to slip the camera in my pocket.

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I really regret selling mine during a period where I wanted the funds for a 35mm lens.  It's fabulous and I'll be getting it again when funds allow.  (Even though I also have the 28mm Elmarit ASPH II and 28mm Summicron ASPH I.)

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1 hour ago, Drmat said:

The hood helps as well... I tended to not have the hood on mine because i liked to be able to slip the camera in my pocket.

I bought a cheap rubber hood for this purpose. Especially needed if you use a filter.

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4 minutes ago, Gobert said:

I bought a cheap rubber hood for this purpose. Especially needed if you use a filter.

Do you have a link for the hood you got? I can get filters on the lens once the hood is attached but it is a PITA!

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