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Leica35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black
 
4.9

(based on 35 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (29)
  • Durable (25)
  • Reliable (25)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Sharp (4)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (30)
  • Everyday (25)
  • Landscape photography (24)
  • Portraits (13)
  • Home (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (23), Professional (5), Semi-professional (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (24)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An exceedingly useful lens

I use this lens on my film bodies, for street and fine art photography work. It is the most useful focal length for 24x36 format; so much, in fact, that I need...Read complete review

I use this lens on my film bodies, for street and fine art photography work. It is the most useful focal length for 24x36 format; so much, in fact, that I need to use two cameras with their own 35mm Summicrons.

What's so great about it? It has all the qualities of a classic lens in all the right proportions. It has the right amount of sharpness and the right amount of contrast, so that the image does not appear "hard." It lets through all the right subtleties of color at all apertures. Lighting is uniform all throughout the 35mm frame. The off-focus bokeh is unmatched. It's as if you are looking at the scene itself; not through a piece of glass or fog. The 35mm Summicron seems to have the ability to render on film the atmosphere and/or mood.

There is nothing negative to say about this lens. I personally don't think there are any flaws in the design. On the M8, the 35mm Summicron is actually a 45mm lens. I do wish that Leica would make a specialized 35mm Summicron for the M8, because of the camera's 1.3 crop factor.

Don't just get a "starter lens" for your M8 or film camera; go straight for something that is infintely useful at any level or situation. Leica lenses are actually less expensive, because they hold their value.

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Good, if not great lens

A nice compact lens that produces sharp results in most situations. However, I have found it to be subject to unacceptable flare if there is a bright light in or near the subject. ...Read complete review

A nice compact lens that produces sharp results in most situations. However, I have found it to be subject to unacceptable flare if there is a bright light in or near the subject. And the price includes a Leica brand premium which may or may not be warranted.

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5.0

What a lens!

By Rick the photog

from San Diego

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Portraits
    • Traveling

    Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

    I am new to the Leica game, and in trying a few different friends lenses, came to commit to this Lens..Its fantastic! Expensive, yes, but you will definately get your moneys worth out of it!

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    5.0

    Beautiful Shots

    By Chris D

    from Chicago, IL

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    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Traveling

      Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

      I wanted something lighter to pair with my new Sony A7 that I could use for street and travel photography. I am an amateur, so I was a bit concerned about the cost. Whether it was a good idea to spend that much on a lens or not, I am really happy with both the picture quality and weight/size. I don't regret my purchase at all :)

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      5.0

      Extraordinary lens!

      By Air force 1

      from Geneva, Switzerland

      About Me Semi-Professional

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

        This is just so an extraordinary lens! Tak sharp at any distance, colors are fantastic and the 35mm Focal length is highly versatile for everything, for what one should need to do. For me, no need to get the f1.4 35mm Summilux-version, as the new version with FLE(floating-elements),has still some focus shift left (only a tiny bit, but it is still there...) so why bother to spend $ more, as the Summicron-M Asph. is just perfect!?

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        5.0

        Best 35mm lens for street photography

        By Blue35

        from Hiilo, HI

        About Me Semi-Professional

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        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Traveling

        Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

        I am a street photographer who almost exclusively uses rangefinder 35mm focal length lenses. I have tried many different 35mm lens for my various Leica M film and digital cameras. I keep coming back to the Leica 35mm 2.0 Summicron. I think it is the best 35mm rangefinder lens ever made. It is built solid. It is sharp. It is a bit contrasty being an ASPH lens but that's how I like it. It is small and balances the weight of Leica M cameras well. I even like it better the the Leica 35mm 1.4 Summilux ASPH FLE which is a fantastic lens and arguably considered the best 35mm lens made by many photographers. I like the Summicron better because I think there is less distortion. It is also cheaper the the Lux for the less aperture stop. The black is lighter than the chrome but the chrome just looks beautiful. I have no complaints. BH shipping and service are excellent as always.

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        5.0

        The perfect rangefinder lens?

        By Paul

        from Melbourne, AUS

        About Me Photography Student

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Reportage Photography
          • Street photography
          • Travel Photography

          Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

          I prefer to shoot 50mm and 75mm.
          But 35mm offers you more latitude to hand hold in dim light or in tighter spaces.
          This lens is very easy to use and hence I do agree this is probably the best rangefinder lens to recommend to beginners.
          I'm not a huge fan of the focussing tab, but on the 35/2 there is sufficient DOF that you never need to worry about super fine focus adjustments...
          My only disappointment/surprise was that the lens shipped with a plastic rather than metal hood. Most of Leica's lenses (except the entry level Summarit's) ship with metal hoods so this seems to be an exception...

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          5.0

          THE Leica Lens

          By Ken

          from Fort Wayne, Indiana

          About Me Professional

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Tack sharp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Landscape Photography
            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

            If you own a Leica M body, this should be first lens you buy. It's sharp, easy to focus, small, light, and did I say it's sharp?

            I also own the 50mm Summicron. While it's an excellent lens, the 35mm says on my camera 90% of the time.

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            5.0

            Great Lens

            By BC

            from Seattle

            About Me Casual user

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                  Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                  I bought this lens for my M6. I LOVE the design. It's well made and the focusing is very smooth. Optically the photos are very good. I can only compare it to the Zeiss Biogon 35, which is also very good. I prefer the Leica due to it's slightly smaller size. The lens hood - which comes standard - is effective as well. Not to mention it's also very handsome. When I hold a Leica lens in my hands it's magic. The optics, beauty, heaver / light feel all add up to magic, and that's what makes photography fun. Highly recommended.

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                  4.0

                  Great Compact Lens

                  By Miguel

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Loose Aperture Ring

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                  I purchased this with a Leica MP and use it for general/walk-around photography.

                  The lens is incredibly sharp, and fits nicely on the camera. Focusing is smooth, and provides just the right amount of resistance.

                  I do wish the focusing ring was knurled throughout, instead of only being on the finger notch. I sometimes have trouble with making minor focus adjustments when using the notch.

                  Also, the aperture ring feels "loose" in comparison to the rest of the lens. I've read this is normal, but it caught me off guard at first.

                  Overall, I'm very happy with this lens.

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                  5.0

                  Great First Leica Glass

                  By Leica hiker

                  from DC

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                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography

                    Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                    Having acquired a new Leica M I could afford at this time only one lens for primarily landscape/nature photography. A 35mm lens is a good first lens and it does not disappoint. Wonderful perspective and color redention. The build quality is great and small size supports easy carrying.

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                    4.0

                    did not want to miss this lens

                    By James

                    from NY NY

                    About Me Casual user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Studio
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                      Waiting for the camera body - All reviews are so good, I went ahead and purchased the 35mm. Still waiting for 50mm and 90mm and the Leica M Monochrom with anticipation.

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                      5.0

                      Start with this lens

                      By WhiteTiger1075

                      from Honolulu, HI

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                        This is the lens to start with for a Leica. On the .72x viewfinder the frame lines are perfect! They take up just enough room that you have a little bit of room on the sides to see whats coming into your frame. Focusing is a breeze with this lens and the depth of field is outstanding for street photography.

                        The down side is it isn't as close up as a 50mm or 75mm but its a great all around lens. Makes shooting from the hip easy.

                        Another thing to consider, f/2 is more than enough! I have had a few shots when I had wished for the f/1.4 Summilux however in retrospect those shot were still impossible even with the f/1.4, I needed almost two and a half stops more light to even consider taking them.

                        In the end the Summicron is the way to go. No need for a big fat Summilux, that just defeats the purpose of shooting a rangefinder! Keep it light, keep it small.

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                        5.0

                        Still my all-time favorite lens.

                        By Rich in San Francisco

                        from San Francisco CA

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Great bokeh
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable
                        • Sharp

                        Cons

                        • Still Expensive

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • People
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                        In my photographic journey so far, the 35 Summicron is responsible for at least 50% of my very best pictures. I have been seeing the World thru 35mm eyes since my first version in 1980. The new aspherical 6-bit version is as sharp as ever, with wonderful coloration, -0- distortion, and a certain luminous contrast. It retains important fine detail at 20X enlargement; which creates a new universe when shooting exotic plants or architectural landmarks. Truly flawless!

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                        3.0

                        Good, if not great lens

                        By PK

                        from NYC

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Expensive
                        • Subject to flare

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                          A nice compact lens that produces sharp results in most situations. However, I have found it to be subject to unacceptable flare if there is a bright light in or near the subject. And the price includes a Leica brand premium which may or may not be warranted.

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                          5.0

                          simply put: wow

                          By Zeitounette

                          from Los Angeles, CA

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable
                          • Sharp
                          • Vivid color rendering

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Architecture
                            • Everyday use
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                            The combination of this incredible lens with the M9 body just makes wonder. The color rendering, the luminosity, and the sharpness of it all, just make my favorite hobby even more enjoyable. This lens makes it even clearer that the limit is solely my ability to see the shot or not. No excuses anymore ;)

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                            5.0

                            Sweetheart of a Lens

                            By Joe C

                            from Cary, NC

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Home
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Chrome:

                              Beautiful lens with typical Leica sharpness and a wonderful bokeh. Lightweight, compared to the Summilux, and a good walking-around lens.

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                              5.0

                              Something magical about it

                              By JP

                              from Montreal, Quebec

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                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Street Photography
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Chrome:

                                  This is my first Leica lens and there is something truly magical about the image quality -- both the crispness and the tonality. I find subtleties in the colours that I could barely make out with the naked eye. Of course, built quality is also exceptional. I thought it was expensive when I first considered it -- it is, but it's absolutely worth it.

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                                  5.0

                                  Fabulous!

                                  By drehy

                                  from hong kong

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                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Chrome:

                                  A must own if you are a M-shooter. There is nothing negative I have to say about this lens.

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                                  5.0

                                  A good choice

                                  By Wild Bill

                                  from Monterey Park, CA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Chrome:

                                    Having both of the non asph 35 Summacron and Summalux lenses, I hesitated about getting this lens, but after using it, I am convinced that it does a better job than either of the other 35's. Pictures are crisper and more evenly lit across all stops. It makes a perfect one lens outfit on the M9, because the sharpness and picture quality even after cropping down obviates the need for a 50 mm lens in most cases.

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                                    5.0

                                    This is the only lens you have to get!!

                                    By LT

                                    from Los Angeles

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Traveling

                                      Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                                      If you want to get only one lens from Leica, this is the one. The build is solid. The bokeh and color rendition is wonderful. 35mm is perfect for street photography. F2.0 is fast enough without spending double the money. However, it is still too expensive for this category. The focus throw is longer than Summarit lens, but once get use to it, it will not be a problem at all.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great lens

                                      By Momo

                                      from Seattle

                                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Everyday use
                                        • Landscape Photography
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Traveling

                                        Comments about 35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Chrome:

                                        I bought this lens for my entry into the digital rangfiner domain. It is a superb lens. I struggled with manual focus for the firt 600 actuations but once I broke myself in I am getting photo sharpness better than my D700 in autofocus. This lens is superb wide open. So good in fact that I rarely shoot stopped down. It is really that good. The focusing is butter smooth. I had a Voightlander as well and there was simply no comparison to the feel of the Leica focusing. A great buy if you can get a hold of one.

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