Leica Elmarit 28mm Review (Why You Should Buy!) + 28mm Portraits + YouTube
Need a small super sharp Leica 28mm lens? Look no further!
Here I share 28mm portraits, 28mm landscapes and a short Leica Elmarit 28mm review to explaining why I highly recommend this lens.
Leica Elmarit-m 28mm f/2.8 ASPH lens – a fantastic lens, super sharp wide open at f2.8 and very compact for a Leica lens with a 39mm filter thread.
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Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH review
Rather than probably just repeat what others have written before me I thought it is probably easier to show you what the Leica Elmarit-M 28mm lens can do, both on a digital Leica camera and on film, black and white film and some colour film (click any image for details of what film was used). Thanks to Ruby who features in a lot of these photos. Many of the photos were shot during one of my 1-2-1 model photography workshops on location in London.
Leica 28mm Elmarit – On the digital Leica M240
Leica Elmarit 28mm f2.8 – On a Leica film cameras (Leica M2, M4-P)
Leica Elmarit 28mm Landscapes (on Film)
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Leica 28mm Lenses (M Mount Lenses)
My first Leica 28mm lens was for my M9 camera and was a M mount Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f2 lens. I bought it to use for weddings early in my Leica photography. I will write a short review on the Ultron 28f2 when I get chance. Next I bought the Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f2.8 lens, featured here, as I wanted a smaller 28mm lens for travel when size is everything. Finally only a few weeks ago I invested in a Leica Summicron-M 28mm f2 ASPH lens as I want to try to use it for weddings in 2018. It is larger and heavier than the Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f2.8 lens, being an f2 lens so I will keep the smaller Elmarit for when there is plenty of light or if I am stopping the lens down for say landscape photography. I wanted get the Leica Summicron-M 28mm f2 to use for available light wedding photography. Yes the Voigtlander Ultron 28mm lens is also f2 but I think I got my heart set on the Summicron-M 28mm ASPH (and it will hold it’s value in the long term so I see it as an investment).
28mm Elmarit vs 28mm Summicron vs 28mm Ultron
Here is a quick visual size comparison of the three 28mm lenses
- Left: Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f2.8
- Centre: Leica Summicron-M ASPH 28mm f2
- Right: Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f2
(*Sorry for the coloured lighting and dust on the lenses!)
Leica 28mm Elmarit – Recommended!
I highly recommend the Leica 28mm Elmarit ASPH lens if you photograph in places where you don’t need a faster aperture. No complaints from me and definitely a keeper!
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Leica Q/Q2 vs 28mm Elmarit
If you need a 28mm Leica option for low light you should consider the Leica Q and Leica Q2 cameras. If we compare Leica Q/Q2 vs 28mm Elmarit on a Leica M10 or similar the Q cameras give you both a faster aperture and autofocus. The Leica Q particular gives you a great value setup compared to the price of a Leica M camera + 28mm lens. I now own the Leica Q camera and Iove it!
YouTube: Leica 28mm Elmarit ASPH
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New Leica Elmarit 28mm f2.8 Alternative
There’s a new lens on the block and I think it’s a direct alternative to the Leica Elmarit 28mm 2.8. Can the new Voigtlander 28mm 2.8 Color Skopar match the results of the Leica lens? I did some testing..
Cheap 28mm Lenses for Leica M Cameras
Perhaps the Leica Q or Leica Q2 makes more sense?
- Leica Summicron-M 28mm f2 ASPH lens – (New!) to follow
- Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f2 lens – to follow
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