Ever since Leica announced that they were reissuing the 28mm Summaron-M, I could’t wait to get my hands on one. I love classic Leica glass. The feel of the images. The vintage styling on the front of my M. The connection with history and legend. There’s just something about rediscovering these older lenses on modern cameras.

The 28mm Summaron features the same optical design of the original, but with updated mechanics, modern-day lens coatings and a 6-bit coded M bayonet mount. Yet, it still looks like something from a bygone era. Awesome.


Protruding less than 2cm, a mere 3/4 inch, from the front of the camera, this is now officially the smallest M lens in the lineup. It’s tiny, but focusing is easy enough with the ridged cylindrical focus knob. In the hand, the brass and glass feel dense, although once mounted, you can barely tell you have a lens on the camera.


I’m a die-hard 35 guy. A 35 Lux or Cron lives on my M. But since the Q came out, I’ve found myself shooting more and more with 28. So, I grabbed the 28mm Summaron and headed to Little Havana for a day of shooting. A lens like this doesn’t warrant scientific testing or pixel peeping. After all, it was originally designed in the mid 1950s. It isn’t going to match up to lenses like the 28mm Summilux-M ASPH, but that’s not why you get a lens like this. On the other hand, the Summaron isn’t just for decoration either. The lens actually is a solid performer, worthy of the Leica name.

So, rather than a strictly defined “test”, I was more interested in the resulting look of the images and how it felt to use for my normal street shooting. On both fronts, I wasn’t disappointed.

Check out the video below for the full scoop and tons of sample images. As always, for best quality be sure to maximize the video and select 4K for viewing resolution. 

Be sure to subscribe to our Red Dot Forum YouTube channel for more videos like this.


6 Responses

  1. David H Dennis

    Video and lens both look lovely! Pity my Internet connection doesn’t work great with 4K video.

    Was the video shot with the SL and the same lens?

    • Profile photo of David Farkas
      David Farkas

      Thanks! The video was all recorded with the SL. Most of the footage was shot with the 35mm Summilux-TL, the beginning tracking shots were with the 23mm Summicron-TL, and the close-up beauty shots were with the 24-90 SL.

      • Bernard

        I would love it if you did an article showing your video shooting rig with the external recorder, and presumably the LockCircle cage.

        Do you know if Leica is working on implementing the ACES workflow (http://www.oscars.org/science-technology/sci-tech-projects/aces)? That would make it a lot simpler to integrate the SL into larger projects. I see you used an Arri Alexa preset in Premiere (which looks very good, BTW), but the best option would be a dedicated SL ACES IDT.

      • Profile photo of David Farkas
        David Farkas


        Yes, this is planned for the future for sure. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding best practices for video. So many variables.

        I will certainly inquire about the ACES workflow, and work to educate myself more on this evolving standard.

        Thanks for the feedback.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.