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    Alright, I have been thrilled to have an opportunity to share a few images taken with this fantastic lens. As my cameras don't recognize the lens' 6-bit coding yet, these were shot using the 28 'cron profile, for the most part

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    wonderful, thanks for sharing.

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    Nice! Thanks for sharing, Ashwin.

    Is it just me or is the bokeh a bit double-sided? Really nice in most shots, but a bit... Funky in some? Must be the ASPH treatment. Reminds me a bit of the 35 Lux.

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    Really nice Ashwin...thanks ever so much for posting. I agree with DN that in a few instances, thr bike does remind me of the current 35mm Lux FLE. I don't think it's strictly due to the aspherical as it's predisessor the aspherical non FLE renderer boxes differently.

    In any case these examples for thr most part look really good. I'm on my cell phone and haven't looked, but we're most or all taken wide open? Also just out of curiosity, was their any color cast detected when used on the A7r? Even though with Cron coding, I suspect the fast speed of this lens might cause problems on the A7r. I'd be surprised if it didnt. Thanks again for a very interesting posting and comparison. Has Leica released a firm date for release as well as a price?

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    And why, is my question, for light gathering or for dof control? The former is of less importance theses days considering the light sensitivity of newer sensors (A7s) and the latter is limited with a moderately wide angle lens anyway. Or does Leica do it simply because they can?
    Any words on size, weight and cost?

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    Re: Leica 28 mm f/1.4 Summilux Asph - Some Pics

    Be interested in this lens on the A7 cameras using the Voit C-U adapter.

    I use my Leica 21/1.4 this way, but 28mm may be better for a bit less C-U distortion when working that close.

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    Re: Leica 28 mm f/1.4 Summilux Asph - Some Pics

    Quote Originally Posted by retow View Post
    And why, is my question, for light gathering or for dof control? The former is of less importance theses days considering the light sensitivity of newer sensors (A7s) and the latter is limited with a moderately wide angle lens anyway. Or does Leica do it simply because they can?
    Any words on size, weight and cost?
    Look at the photos. Many of them show a nicely blurred background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Look at the photos. Many of them show a nicely blurred background.
    True, but at the expense of getting very (too?) close to the subject with the known and not so desirable effects of a wide angle lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retow View Post

    True, but at the expense of getting very (too?) close to the subject with the known and not so desirable effects of a wide angle lens.
    If you don't need the speed, that's okay. Leica conveniently makes f/2 and f/2.8 28mm lenses as well.

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    Thanks for sharing. Must have been fun. Was it a silver or black model?

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    Love these Ash!

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    Quote Originally Posted by algrove View Post
    Thanks for sharing. Must have been fun. Was it a silver or black model?
    should be solid stainless steel. (looking at mine)
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    Quote Originally Posted by FotografiePorter View Post
    should be solid stainless steel. (looking at mine)
    I hate how the set comes with an MM and an MA. Just wish the set came with a M240 SS. I'd have bought it if that were the case.

    Also hate how the M60 comes with a 35FLE. Wish it came with a S.E. 50APO!


    One day they'll come out with the perfect S.E. set for me. And it'll be sold out before I even get a chance to put in a bid.

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    Re: Leica 28 mm f/1.4 Summilux Asph - Some Pics

    The photos are well done, but 28 is just too wide for a portrait lens. It gives everyone a big nose. They will soon make it available to buy on its own, probably for $6500. It's not at the top of my shopping list, but as usual it's a beautiful optical instrument.
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    Re: Leica 28 mm f/1.4 Summilux Asph - Some Pics

    Quote Originally Posted by bradhusick View Post
    They will soon make it available to buy on its own, probably for $6500.
    I hope so!

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    WOW!! You make it look great Ash.

    For A7 users who lust great 28 performance:
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    I love the 28mm focal. I find the summilux to large for my use. the 28mm summicron is really fantastic

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    Nice!
    When is this new lens due to be released? Not that I can afford it ... !

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    Has anyone seen that new far focus test on Reid's site? The Lux 28 is phenomenal. I'm saving up for if and when they decide to release this thing.

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    I like the second one better.
    FWIW, the flock of hair in front of the right eye is very disconcerting (and that's what holds the attention ). I would definitely go squint-eyed within the hour if I held my hair like that....
    Excellent processing, btw. very nice.

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    Seriously Leica release this lens already. You have several customers wanting this, including me.

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    The time is near...





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    Gorgeous!

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    Yowzers, that's a sexy lens!
    Are we going to play the retail guessing game now?

    I'll say $6250 USD.. Not sure if that includes or does not include the 12%

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    Quote Originally Posted by aDam007 View Post
    Yowzers, that's a sexy lens!
    Are we going to play the retail guessing game now?

    I'll say $6250 USD.. Not sure if that includes or does not include the 12%
    I hope so too. Should be closer to Lux 35 price than Lux 24/21's. Anyone here is going to pre-order this lens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiepphotog View Post
    I hope so too. Should be closer to Lux 35 price than Lux 24/21's. Anyone here is going to pre-order this lens?
    As for pre-orders. It really depends on the price. If it's similar to the FLE price, or the same price. I'd seriously consider. If it's closer to the 21/24lux pricing, I'd give it a skip. 28 isn't a focal length I use often enough to justify the high price.

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    Re: Leica 28 mm f/1.4 Summilux Asph - Some Pics

    The 21/24 Lux' do not have many takers and a few are always on sale.

    If the 28/1.4 becomes available (on it own and with a reasonable price), I would consider buying one. Otherwise they will show up on sale at the usual prices. My photography will not suffer if this lens does not exist. It is just a lens. A tiny part of the whole equation.

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    I have a whole shelf of 21s (since these were 28mm-eff on the M8) including the 21 SX. But the only one getting much use is the 21/3.4 SE. The 21 SX is huge, feels unbalanced, and has lots of idiosyncracies, like CA around thin objects at the edges. The 50 and 35 SX have none of this excess bulk and drama. From the shots that Jono posts with his 28 SX, it seems like that design fits into the same family as the 35 and 50. So I want one... The 28 Summicron is boring, the 28 Elmarit is very crisp but a little slow, nice travel lens. The 28 SX from the pictures a few posts back looks very trim.

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    Have you seen the Reid's review? Its corners are sharper than the Lux 50 ASPH at WO. Certainly, this is the most recent Lux ASPH so far, and Leica feels that it's good enough to hang with the Lux 35 and 50 in the 100 Jahre set. The only thing I'm waiting for is the MTF so I can judge its field curvature. If it's close to the 50 APO behavior in term of FC, I would pre-order one. 28 is my preferred focal over 35.

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    The 35 FLE is wickedly sharp, so the 28 Lux would have to offer something more than just another sharp lens with a wider field of view to get me to drop $5k+.

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    Make that $6k+
    It will be the fastest 28mm lens in production (the only other is -was- the Nikkor 28/1.4 which is yesterday's performance) that alone makes it more exclusive (even amongst Leica lenses) and the price will reflect that.

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    I thought the 21/1.4 is the most exclusive.
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    I guess I am the odd man out but these shots are just ok. I would have like to have seen more dynamic subject matter and much, much more layered and nuanced light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ai_Print View Post
    I guess I am the odd man out but these shots are just ok. I would have like to have seen more dynamic subject matter and much, much more layered and nuanced light.
    Haha... I said it's a sexy lens, looks wise. I never said I liked the images it produces

    It's a good FL for pairing with 50mm lenses.. As I said before, it would have to be a damn awesome lens to make me spend the cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ai_Print View Post
    I guess I am the odd man out but these shots are just ok. I would have like to have seen more dynamic subject matter and much, much more layered and nuanced light.
    Ditto to what Adam said. I do not buy an a lens because its exclusive or 1 of X units made. I've owned the 21 Lux and all the 35 Lux's (barring the ASPHERICAL). There are some trade offs with Leica's newest lenses - they offer great sharpness, but at the direct expense of bokeh. I'll toss the 50 Noc ASPH in that lot as well.

    Granted, my logic anecdotal at best, but I expect the 28 to be somewhere between the 21 Lux and 35 FLE in terms of its optical performance / character. I do not like the bokeh from the 21 or 35, so strike one for the 28 Lux. The 21 Lux's wide-open sharpness was sketchy at best, 35 FLE is good. 28 Lux probably somewhere between. Call that a foul ball, or strike 2. And if the 28 Lux is upwards of $6k, the value proposition isn't there (for me).

    Leica lens prices are not holding their value these days, so buying & trying is an expensive exercise. I love new gear as much as the next person, but in this case, I'm happy to sit on the side lines and watch the show.

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    John, There are options. You can start your own blog and start "testing" to get free test samples. You will continue to get the next ones as long as you hail even an atrociously priced POS as a "great concept".

    Leica's strategy of keep raising the prices every six months is way past its ceiling. It isn't working.

    Oops, you do have your blog (one of the ones i like). May be a change of strategy is in order?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    John, There are options. You can start your own blog and start "testing" to get free test samples. You will continue to get the next ones as long as you hail even an atrociously priced POS as a "great concept".
    That's the one Vivek . . . only I seem to have gone wrong somewhere as I had to pay for mine

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    Leica's strategy of keep raising the prices every six months is way past its ceiling. It isn't working.
    Well, whilst I agree, it might be working for them if they're selling them.

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    Hi Jono, Let me make this very clear. I do not club you in that bunch for many reasons. There are way too many blogs and testers out there.

    I am not sure if the strategy (price hikes) is working for them. Time will tell.

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    Thanks Ashwin for posting this. I have been curious about this lens for some time now. Love how it looks with the MM....Great shots BTW...

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    Vivek, 28mm is not among my preferred focal lengths, so I'll sit this one out. I look forward to reading other peoples reviews, and salute those who invest the time and effort to write an objective, balanced article.
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    I find myself being drawn to this lens. I think one of the things that holds me back (besides money) is the fact that I have a 35 Summicron ASPH.

    Still, the 28 Summilux is a totally different lens. It will do things that my trusted 35/2 'cron will not, and I am quite comfortable getting really close to my subjects with a wide lens, and I enjoy working with the 28 and 35 focal lengths. Given the differences, I do not think that having a 28 and a 35 would be redundant.

    Am I on the right track here (I think I am)?

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