[Leica M] Almighty Summaron 28mm Lens

There are a lot of good lenses from Leica, but I’d like to introduce you with the almighty small lens, Summaron 28mm lens. First off, it’s physical size is incredibly small. You would wonder if it can make a good photo out of the tiny lens body but you should be ready to be amazed.

Leica MP, Summaron-M 1:5.6/28 | Fujifilm Provia 100F film
Leica MP, Summaron-M 1:5.6/28 | Fujifilm Provia 100F film

The above photo was taken by a film camera Leica MP with Summaron 28mm lens mounted. Summaron 28mm produces rich color along with high sharpness like any other Leica lenses. Aperture starts from F/5.6 but during daylight it’s no problem at all. In fact, oftentimes, it’s ok at night when I use Leica M10 with high ISO.

Leica MP, Summaron-M 1:5.6/28 | Fujifilm Provia 100F film
Leica MP, Summaron-M 1:5.6/28 | Fujifilm Provia 100F film

As you might notice, it has little distortion considering its wide-angle factor. Compared with Leica Q which I also own, it has almost no distortion at all. Check out the lens size.

Summaron 28mm lens
Summaron 28mm lens

It’s tiny. I am mesmerized by the small lens size yet it produces really awesome photos. I have to admit that I was very skeptical about its performance due to its size but now I am a big fan of it. I’d like to strongly recommend you if you consider a 28mm Leica lens.

Leica M Monochrom (typ246), Summaron-M 1:5.6/28
Leica M Monochrom (typ246), Summaron-M 1:5.6/28

F/5.6 doesn’t bother me for indoor photo shootings but it works even better with a Leica M Monochrom body. With typ246 Monochrom body, you can increase ISO however you like without being bothered by digital noises. I often use high ISO like 12,500. So Summaron 28mm lens works well with Leica M typ246.

Leica M Monochrom (typ246), Summaron-M 1:5.6/28
Leica M Monochrom (typ246), Summaron-M 1:5.6/28

28mm focal length is really convenient. Anybody would feel comfortable with it because mobile photo camera focal length is also 28mm. It is neither too wide nor narrow. On top of this, you get minimum optical distortion (which can be adjusted by lightroom post-processing) and rich color. How can you resist?