A practical guide for the Leica M, Leica S2 and select Leica R lenses
(for Leica point-and-shoot cameras, please see Guide to Mirrorless Cameras)
Specific issues affecting usability.
Overall design and behavior.
Relative sharpness and performance across cameras.
Relative sharpness and performance vs APS-C cameras.
With Live View and EVF, non-M-mount lenses become feasible.
Ultimate resolution in black and white.
Field shooting the Leica MM, and comparisons.
High resolution digital rangefinder
Modern digital features lacking with the M9.
Focal lengths, color, weight and travel considerations.
Technical specifications from the manufacturer.
How good is Leica quality control?
Off-center color casts, off-center sharpness.
Leica’s ultra wide angle zoom lens.
Leica’s widest prime lens.
Leica’s fastest and widest lens.
Leica’s best-performing 21mm.
Leica’s fast wide angle.
A discontinued but excellent 24mm.
Leica’s best-performing 24mm, and with a flat field.
Leica’s widest lens utilizing built-in frame lines.
Leica’s smallest and lightest M lens with superlative performance.
Leica’s superlative and most natural lens for the M.
Leica’s f/2 35mm for the M.
Six models to choose from.
World’s fastest 50mm full-frame lens.
Understanding the Rendering Style of the Noctilux.
Leica’s superlative normal lens.
The world’s best 50mm lens is outstanding, but with some limits.
Ghosting and veiling and ring flare pre/post production fix.
Leica’s compact low-distortion normal lens.
Leica’s medium tele for Leica M.
Leica’s Budget 75mm lens.
Leica’s longer tele for Leica M.
Leica’s compact 90mm for the M.
General discussion of R lenses on M.
Compact lens for portraiture or similar.
Superb all-around macro and general-purpose lens.
World’s best mid-range telephoto lens.
Notes and examples.
Compact high performance, ultra low distortion.
Moderate speed high contrast ultra-wide.
Zero distortion ultra-wide.
Compact wide angle with brilliant contrast.
Compact wide angle.
Fast and ultra high performance moderate wide angle rangefinder lens.
All around razor sharp performer.
Ultra compact high performance moderate wide angle rangefinder lens.
Pleasing and relatively inexpensive normal lens
Ultra high performance (discontinued)
Compact high performance medium telephoto.
Fast high performance wide angle.
Fasted 35mm lens for Leica M, great ergonomics.
A slightly slower, but smaller and lighter alternative to the Noctilux, at 1/10 the price.
How does Leica’s medium format entry measure up in ergonomics, image quality, etc?
Examples and comparison from the various lenses
Eliminating the camera body barrier— any kind of lens with Live View EVF and LCD, and especially Leica M-mount.
HISTORICAL, please see Guide to Mirrorless.