75 Summarit f/2.5

July 10, 2012  |  Review

This lens would be an instant classic – and much sexier to boot – if it only had a metal focusing ring. Honestly, us Leica snobs would have almost nothing to gripe about if this beauty hadn’t been released with a damn rubber ring. Why, Leica? Why?

The other issue people, not I, have with this lens: the way¬†the hood screws onto the lens on its own exposed threads. This is the same system in which the new 35FLE hood screws on. A hood that – when announced with the lens – was hailed to be a fantastic design element for the new 35FLE. Somehow this doesn’t seem to be the consensus with the summarit range of hoods, which are identically the same in there mounting.

But bizarre design choice squabbles aside, this lens is good. Damned good. So what I suggest we all do is just get over the fact that it has a rubber focusing ring, and start shooting with it.

Honestly, people. Leica gave us a few great Summarit lenses (35,75,90) at a fraction of what “real” Leica lenses are priced at. We should be happy, not harping on a rubber ring. If you really can’t help but harp, buy a 75 Summicron-ASPH. It’s also a fantastic lens.

IMHO the f/2.5 is a non-issue as you’ll rarely shoot a long lens in the dark on a rangefinder. Yes there are times when a fast lens is necessary…but that’s when you break out the 5o Noctilux 0.95 and take a few steps forward.

 

75 Summarit @ f/2.5

 

75 Summarit @ f/2.5

Emily

 

75 Summarit @ f/2.5

 

75 Summarit @ f/2.5