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Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

Comparison: Leica 21/1.4 Summilux-M vs Zeiss 21/2.8 Distagon on D3x

[This page was replicated from my Guide to Zeiss ZF.2 / ZE Lenses]

This a holistic test comparing the Zeiss ZF.2 21mm f/2.8 Distagon (about $1732) on the 24MP Nikon D3x to the 18 megapixel Leica M9 with the 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH (about $6495 if you can find one for sale). For the price of the Leica lens, you could buy a good portion of the Zeiss ZF.2 line!

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Diglloyd Guide to LEICA contains in-depth coverage of Leica M system cameras and lenses, with additional coverage of Leica M Monochrom, Leica Q.

Special emphasis is placed on Leica M lenses and certain Zeiss ZM lenses.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly the Summilux/Summicron/Elmarit choice and/or Zeiss ZM.
  • Make better images, a sort of “cheat sheet” saving yourself months or years of ad-hoc learning. Processing parameters are discussed and shown.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to full camera resolution, plus large crops [past 2 years or so].
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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