Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f2.8 ASPH Lens
Matthew Osborne Photography / Mr Leica – February 2018
I realised I haven’t yet write a review on the Leica Elmarit 28mm f2.8 lens I bought back in 2016. It is a fantastic lens, super sharp wide open at f2.8 (as you would expect from Leica) and very compact for a Leica lens with a 39mm filter thread.
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 Elmarit 28mm f2.8 – On the digital Leica M240 camera
Leica Elmarit 28mm f2.8 – On a Leica film cameras (Leica M2, M4-P)
Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f2.8 – Landscapes on Film
28mm Leica M Mount Lenses
My first Leica M mount 28mm lens for my Leica cameras was a 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!)
I highly recommend the Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f2.8 lens if you photography in places where you don’t need a faster aperture. No complaints from me and definitely a keeper!
- Leica Summicron-M 28mm f2 ASPH lens – (New!) to follow
- Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f2 lens – to follow
- More of my Leica-M mount lens reviews
- Leica Website – Leica M Lenses