Summaron-M 28/5.6

A re-incarnation of history

Magnus L Andersson

The Leica Summaron 28 mm f/5.6 is only our third Leica lens, and then there is one from Zeiss, in our rangefinder setup. This is a lens with reviews from being a joke by its poor performance to being viewed as the best one for street photography in the repertoire of Leica.

We’re just amateurs, and definitely not Leica historians, but will in a number of images try to share my views of this unique and extremely small lens,

Leica describes the Leica Summaron-M 28 mm f/5.6 as being “modeled on a screw mount lens produced at the Leitz factory in Wetzlar from 1955 to 1963. Its unmistakable signature is almost impossible to reproduce by digital means and makes the lens a true classic that is now reborn in a revised edition, with exactly the same optical properties. The fact that this is no simple reconstruction is obvious at first sight: the design of the Summaron-M has been refined down to the essentials, without losing any of the character of its legendary ancestor”


A newborn and revised original



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