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Leica MTF Analysis / Summilux, Elmarit, Elmar 24mm

Examples on this page are with the three Leica 24mm lenses.

Measurement distance is infinity for Leica MTF charts (unless otherwise noted). Leica MTF charts are for 5/10/20/40 line pairs per millimeter, yielding a very useful overall signature . They can be compared with Zeiss charts using the 10/20/40 lines.

Leica 24mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

The 24/1.4 is a very modern design, but like all 24mm lenses, it has to make some serious design tradeoffs. Both field curvature and distortion had to “give” (per Leica priorities), and a strong wave-type field curvature is present (see f/2.8), which means it won’t deliver crisp images on planar subjects, even at f/5.6.

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