Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 Lens review
by Tomer Vaknin – His Instagram is HERE
Hello to Steve and all the readers!
Some of you may know me but for those of you that don’t, My name is Tomer Vaknin and I’m a street photographer from Israel.
In December 2017 days before Christmas I took two weeks pause from life I flew to NYC with my Leica M10 and my new Leica 28mm Summaron f/5.6 Lens. I have this beautiful lens since October, but I never have a chance to fully use it exclusive and get the feel of it. what a better place to do so other than Street photography in New York City?
It’s not going to be a technical review but more of “see for yourself from the pictures in the article” kind of review with pros and cons at the end.
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– Very small very compact lens
– Amazing picture quality (at the result, not for “brick of wall photography”)
– The look of the lens attached to M body really drives you go out and shoot.
– The focus is too long, and it get all the way up to the rangefinder window and the combination of the small lens and the long focus make me personally lose pictures when my cigarette or of Red Bull enter to the frame when i try to focus with one or the other 🙂
– You can’t close the lens when the hood is attached. Every time I want to put the camera away in my bag or my pocket (yes it that small to get inside my pocket) I had to get the hood out and put the lens cover.
– The lens have a strong vignette in some lighting condition.
– The lens is very sharp at the centre and become less and less sharp as you look closer to the sides and edges of the frame.
I add this as “More” because I think is a personal taste. For my taste it’s just perfect it’s have a look and color signature that I really like, and I never get from any other Leica lenses that I used before.
The decision of shooting exclusively with a 28mm was a hard decision to take and when you add that this 28mm is f/5.6 and so small lens that I real never work with before it was to take a chance and I really glad I take that chance and get out from my comfort zone.
For me this lens is a must own.
Side note: Leica M10 and the 28mm Summaron f/5.6 survived the extreme December 2017 weather 😉
For more pictures from NYC and much more you can follow me on Instagram: @itomervaknin