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Leica35mm f/2.0 Summicron M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black
 
4.8

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (2)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (30)
  • Durable (26)
  • Reliable (26)
  • Easy to use (23)
  • Sharp (4)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (31)
  • Everyday (26)
  • Landscape photography (24)
  • Portraits (13)
  • Home (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (24), Professional (5), Semi-professional (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Surprisingly soft

Build quality is beautiful but compared to the latest Zeiss 35mm this is quite soft – I get much sharper results with my other Leica glass.

Build quality is beautiful but compared to the latest Zeiss 35mm this is quite soft – I get much sharper results with my other Leica glass.

Reviewed by 37 customers

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5.0

Awesome Lens!

By Leica

from Texas

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Traveling

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

    Absolutely love this lens, but that is to be expected from Leica. The DOF is tight for a wider lens and the build quality is perfect.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Surprisingly soft

    By TJ

    from Victoria, Canada

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Reviewer

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

    Build quality is beautiful but compared to the latest Zeiss 35mm this is quite soft – I get much sharper results with my other Leica glass.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful Shots

      By Chris D

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      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 :)

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Extraordinary lens!

        By Air force 1

        from Geneva, Switzerland

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        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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          • No

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best 35mm lens for street photography

          By Blue35

          from Hiilo, HI

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The perfect rangefinder lens?

          By Paul

          from Melbourne, AUS

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Reviewer

          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...

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            THE Leica Lens

            By Ken

            from Fort Wayne, Indiana

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            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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              • No

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Lens

              By BC

              from Seattle

              About Me Casual user

              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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Compact Lens

              By Miguel

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great First Leica Glass

              By Leica hiker

              from DC

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Still my all-time favorite lens.

                    By Rich in San Francisco

                    from San Francisco CA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                    Verified Reviewer

                    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!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    (6 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                      • No

                      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      simply put: wow

                      By Zeitounette

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      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 ;)

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Sweetheart of a Lens

                        By Joe C

                        from Cary, NC

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        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.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Something magical about it

                          By JP

                          from Montreal, Quebec

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          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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                              • No

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Fabulous!

                              By drehy

                              from hong kong

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              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.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              A good choice

                              By Wild Bill

                              from Monterey Park, CA

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              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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                                • No

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