Leica Summicron 90mm f2 (2)

Leica Summicron 90mm f2 – Sample Portrait Photos

My latest lens arrival, the mighty Leica Cron’ 90mm f2 lens (1973 version) is proving quite a hit on Flickr. This photo of model Emma was taken during my first studio session with the 90/2 on my Leica M9. I posted the image to Flickr and it received more fav’s in the first 24hrs than any of my 3000+ photos have ever received in all the time on Flickr. Quite an achievement!

I bought the 90/2 lens on eBay after seeing it at 4x less cost than the Leica Summilux 75mm f1.4 lens. I had my heart on the 75/1.4 but my brain too over and I got the 90mm instead. The lens has a super silky pull out hood and crisp aperture clicks. It is not a small or light lens by Leica standards but it now lets me achieve the shallow depth of field I crave.

The shallow DOF look was a norm for me and my Nikon D800 using lens such as the Nikkor 200mm f2 AI-s, Nikkor 50mm f1.2 AI-s, Samyang 85mm f1.4 and Zeiss Pancolar 80mm f1.8.

When I moved over to Leica M lenses and my Leica M9 I struggled with the 0.7M closest focus. Now with the 90mm Cron this is not an issue.

I think the Leica Summicron 90mm f2 offers great value for money in Leica lens terms. I’m very happy with my purchase and can’t wait til the next shoot!

Here is another shot with the Leica M9 + Summicron 90/2. The Leica Cron is fantastic for portraits.

Leica Summicron 90mm f2 Colours

And here is my Flickr stream most liked images!


More samples coming soon. I think this lens is going to get well used!

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – Leica Photographer


Author: matthewosbornephotography

Coventry, UK studio based Model and Wedding Photographer offering both Medium Format Film and Digital Images. 1-2-1 Photography and Lighting Tuition also available.

8 thoughts on “Leica Summicron 90mm f2 (2)”

  1. Hi Matthew, I fancy the 90 Tele-Elmarit 2.8 (bit lighter, smaller) but I love the look of that 90 cron and your model Emma is beautiful too. Great blog btw. Best. Dave

      1. Superb indeed. I recently added the Leica 1.25X magnifier on my M9 and have gotten used to it being on the camera. I originally got it to help with my focusing on the 90/2.0 and now I just leave it on. I admit that it has helped me get a sharper focus when using the 90.

      2. Love your portraits. The images show how well you connect to the sitter as a person and artist…too bad interspatial molecular transport is yet to be invented, otherwise I’d take you to an afternoon tea…Have a terrific weekend.

      3. Thanks, that’s very kind. Yes with a 2 hour model shoot in the studio you have limited time to get them relaxed and ‘performing’ to the camera. I do what I can to speed up the process. Thanks for the offer! Just packing for a location shoot tomorrow, model then engagement back to back so looking forward to that. Have a great weekend too! Cheers

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