Leica 28mm Summilux f1.4 Aspherical | Jonathan Slack

In 2008 Leica surprised the world by releasing the 21mm and 24mm f1.4 Summilux Aspherical lenses and in 2010 they announced the 35mm Summilux FLE (floating Element). So there has been an expectation for some time that there would be a 28 Summilux to complete the picture. In 2014 they produced a special edition stainless steel lens (101 were produced to celebrate 100 years since Oskar Barnack produced the first prototype of a 35mm camera). The expectation was that a series lens would soon follow, and finally it has. I had a prototype lens to test in April 2013 (when the picture above was taken). Sean Reid also had a prototype in early 2014 and has made a report on his site ReidReviews on May 22nd – you can click on the link to look at his detailed images. I returned the prototype last summer, but was lucky enough to be able to buy a lens a little early, and I’ve been shooting with this early serial lens since March. Some of the images shown here may be familiar  as I’ve been allowed to release them over the last month or so. For many photographers the Leica 28mm f2 Summicron Aspherical is a favorite lens, but personally I’ve always found it slightly uninspiring, whilst the 28m f2.8 elmarit is a fantastic lens – tiny and incredibly sharp, but of course it’s only f2.8. I wasn’t sure whether I actually needed the extra speed, but I’ve found that the quality of the lens wide open is rather seductive…….

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