Leica 35mm ASPH Summicron


Feb 6, 2013
I've decided to try the 35mm ASPH Summicron as a lens for scenic storytelling. That's much of what I like to shoot, so this is an important lens choice to me.

35mm gives a somewhat wide angle of view, and I'm interested in this particular model to see what can be pulled toward character, sharpness, and at times bokeh.

For absolute sharpness, the 35mm f2 M-mount Zeiss slightly edges out the Leica. But not so much as to matter much. Toward character and bokeh preferences, nothing jumps out at me just yet. Here are a few shots so far:

late december sun by cbmn, on Flickr

track 1 by cbmn, on Flickr

road rays by cbmn, on Flickr

eisenhower bridge at red wing by cbmn, on Flickr

last of fall by cbmn, on Flickr

winter field by cbmn, on Flickr

november sunset by cbmn, on Flickr

early winter rail bed by cbmn, on Flickr

Question: what other 35mm lenses could I be trying for character?


Jul 7, 2010
The Nikkor 3.5cm F2.5 and Summaron 35 F2.8 are both 1-2-2-1 Planar formula lenses, the Nikkor has higher-contrast. Both have "swirly Bokeh". If you like a Summitar, give them a try.


"Bang for the Buck", smooth Bokeh- the 35/1.7 Ultron is hard to beat.


The Nikkor 3.5cm F3.5- tine, inexpensive, classic Tessar formula based on the 3.5cm F3.5 Elmar- but hard-coated optics.



Dec 15, 2011
I bought this year a Nikkor 35/2.5 and a Canon 35/2. The Canon seems to be an excellent lens. I have not yet tried out the Nikkor.


Feb 6, 2013
Great photo, Raid! I do have the Canon 50mm f1.4 which I love:

My son -
e walks on by cbmn, on Flickr

Some old guy -
Some grey-haired old guy. by cbmn, on Flickr

Wild parsnip (I think) -
bed of gold by cbmn, on Flickr

I love what this lens does with high-key and bokeh. If the Canon 35mm f2 has similar characteristics it should be a great one for me ... I think I'll try looking for a copy.


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