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|Leica Summaron-M 28mm F/5.6||Oct 2016||⊗|
|Leitz Wetzlar Summaron 28mm F/5.6||1954||⊗|
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|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Diagonal angle of view:||75.4° (35mm full frame)|
|Lens construction:||6 elements in 4 groups|
|Closest focusing distance:||100 cm|
|Number of diaphragm blades:||8|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø51 x 18 mm|
|Materials:||Metallic barrel, metallic mount|
Design and Features
This Leica Summaron 28mm f/5.6 is a replica of the model originally introduced in 1955 at the Leitz factory in Wetzlar and famed for its characteristic visual signature. With its 6 lens elements arranged strictly symmetrically around the aperture in 4 groups, it has the same optical design. Its extremely compact mechanical construction also corresponds to the original. Unlike this, however, the current model is equipped with the M bayonet including 6 bit code. Furthermore, various external details have been adapted to the appearance of the current M lenses, for example the shape of the focus unlock button, the diameter of the aperture ring and the knurling. The style and construction of the lens hood reflects the original.
Even when fully open, the lens is characterized by high-contrast rendering in large areas of the field of view. Stopping down to 11 greatly improves the imaging performance in the corners of the picture. Although stopping down further enhances the picture corners even more, this is at the expense of the overall contrast, i.e. the imaging performance is more even overall. When the aperture is open, vignetting is max., i.e. in the image corners, approx. 2.5 aperture stages. By stopping down to 8 vignetting can be reduced to approx. 1.8 aperture stages. Distortion is negligible.
Through its combination of extreme depth of field, natural contrast, excellent rendition of details and visible vignetting, the lens gives images a unique character. Pictures made with the Summaron-M stand out from all others with a look reminiscent of analogue photography.
Due to its imaging properties and its focal length, the new edition of the Leica Summaron 28mm f/5.6 is suitable for quick and discreet photography, in other words spontaneous snapshots. Its extremely small dimensions together with the camera make an extremely manageable unit that is easy to carry. The combination of a clearly laid out depth of field scale and long focus throw allow for very precise and easy zone focusing.
|User Manual. English, Adobe PDF, 405 KB|
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 1 016 KB|
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