Courtesy of our trusted vendor B&H Photo, a shiny new loaner Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH showed up today, and in my initial shooting I had a strange feeling that darn-it I might have to eventually obtain this lens for my own. But at about $3995 it’s no casual decision, so that might have to wait.
The 28mm focal length is the widest that can be shot using the built-in frame lines of the Leica M9, which to me is a major plus over a hot shot mounted viewfinder, which forces the time-wasting frame/focus/frame ad-nauseum dance.
With the 28mm, you can frame and focus with no viewfinder using the Leica M9’s built-in frame lines. Anything wider and you pay big bucks for the “optional” viewfinder (a bizarre claim), and the hassle along with it. But wider is sometimes needed. I’ll be testing 18mm and 24mm focal lengths, and I’ll have more to say on that.
Sunstars are very attractive with the 28/2 Summicron-M ASPH.
Anyway, I’ll get the Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron-M-ASPH into my User’s Guide and Review of the Leica M9 in DAP sometime soon. Actually, I daresay that one piece is worth the price of DAP all by itself should you have any interest in the Leica M9. And I do have a long term commitment to expanding my coverage of lenses on the Leica M9.