Many of you who have followed my blog and reviews over the past year know that I was a huge fan of the 35 Summilux ASPH on the M8. When I bought my M9 I decided to switch to a summicron and then the summarit for rock solid sharpness. I sure got it with both of those lenses but when I had my M9’s rangefinder adjusted recently I was curious to see how the 35 Lux would do on my now “spot on” M9. Ken Hansen, (who is one hell of a Leica dealer) sent me out a 35 Lux ASPH and as usual, I am pretty blown away. Leica glass is just so freaking good. Even though there is a new 35 Lux ASPH on the horizon, this current model is still pretty special. This copy has some minimal focus shift at 2.8, but much less than my previous copy did. In fact, I can say that this is hands down the best 35 Lux ASPH out of 3 or 4 that I have had in my hands.
I will be retesting this lens on the M9 and will be writing a new review for it for all M9 users. Here are two shots from today, the first shots I took with the lens. Both wide open at 1.4. B&H is out of stock of this lens but Ken Hansen has some. You can e-mail him here for info but tell him I sent ya. You may get a deal 🙂 Look for my updated review soon as well as reviews for the Pentax K7, Canon G11, Leica 50 summarit and a few other surprises 🙂