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Leica 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0
Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0

By: Thorsten Overgaard. February 2006. Latest update March 2, 2017.

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The 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0 is the most sold Leica lens for the Leica M series. For a period the 28mm took its place on the Leica M8 and Leica M8.2 cameras to make up for the 1.3X crop factor. With the Leica M9 full frame digital camera we are back where the 35mm is bound to be the standard lens for M rangefinder cameras - as it has always been.

 

My ventilated lens shade model 3520-OUS on the Leica 35mm Summicropn-M ASPH f/2.0 (2016 model). The lens shade sits on the outside screw and leaves the inside E39 filter thread free for filters.
The Leica 35mm Summicropn-M ASPH f/2.0 (2016 model) (with my ventilated lens shade model 3520-OUS in silver mounted. The lens comes with an original Leica square lens shade).

 

Leica M9 sample photo by Thorsten Overgaard
Having fun with the Leica M9 and my daughter. 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0 (I), 200 ISO, "aged photo" in Lightroom. © 2009-2017 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

The 35mm is a great all-round lens, the Summicron-M f/2.0 with better chance of getting focused correctly than the 35mm Summilux-M f/1.4, yet with nice bokeh and selective focus fully open.

The sample photos on this page was mostly taken with my Leica Summicron-M f/2.0 Version I from 1960.

 

Leica M9 800 ISO with Leica 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0 sample
Leica M9 800 ISO with Leica 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0 (version 1)

 

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35mm Summicron-M types

11808 Version I Chrome   11 309 wetzlarer Germany   11 309 Canada
Version I chrome   Version II made in Germany   Version III made in Canada
         
11 309 Canada   11 310 Black King of Bokeh   11609 Titanium
Version III made in Canada   Version IV "King of Bokeh"   Version V limited edition titanium
         
11 879 Black   11 882 Chrome  
Version V black   Version V chrome   Version V limited edition black paint
         
Ventilated Lens Shade  for Adventurers made for the current models of the Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0 and 28mm Elmarit-M ASPH f/2.0   Ventilated Lens Shade  for Adventurers made for the current models of the Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0 and 28mm Elmarit-M ASPH f/2.0    
Version VI silver (with the ventilated hood designed by Overgaard)   Version VI silver (with the ventilated hood designed by Overgaard)    

 

Summicron
f/2.0
Version I

1958 - 1963
11 008
Screw mount
Summicron-M
f/2.0
Version I

1958 - 1969
11 808 Chrome
11 104 Black
Summicron-M
f/2.0
Version II

1969 - 1971
11 309

Made in
Germany
Summicron-M
f/2.0
Version III

1971 - 1979
11 309

Made in
Canada
Summicron-M
f/2.0
Version IV
1979 - 1997:
11 310 Black
1993-1997:
11 311 Chrome
"The King of Bokeh"
Summicron-M
ASPH f/2.0
Version V

1997 - 2016
11 879  Black
11 882 Chrome
(11 608 Chrome screw mount)
11609  Titanium
Summicron-M
ASPH f/2.0

Version VI

2016 - current
11673 Black
11674
Chrome
Serial -
to -
Serial -
to -
Serial -
to -
Serial -
to -
Serial -
to -
Serial -
to -
Serial -
to -

E39 mm filter




Round vented metal hood 12585H
or 12504

E39 mm filter




Round vented metal hood 12585H
or 12504

E39 mm filter




Round vented metal hood 12585H
or 12504
E39 mm filter




Round vented metal hood 12585H
or 12504
E39 mm filter

Clip-on plastic
hood 12 524
or
Round vented metal hood 12585H
or 12504

E39 mm filter

Clip-on Square plastic 12 526
or
Round vented metal hood 12585H
or 12504

E39 mm filter

Square metal hood on outside screw
12473
or
3520-OUS

0,7 m - infinity 0,7 m - infinity 0,7 m - infinity 0,7 m - infinity 0,7 m - infinity 0,7 m - infinity 0,7 m - infinity
8 lenses 8 lenses 6 lenses 6 lenses 7 lenses 7 lenses in 5 groups.
One ASPH surface
 
238 g 238 g 172 g 172 g 156 g 255 g Black
340 g Chrome
 
f/2.0 - f/16 f/2.0 - f/16 f/2.0 - f/16 f/2.0 - f/16 f/2.0 - f/16 f/2.0 - f/16 f/2.0 - f/16
14 143 front cap 14143 front cap 14 231 front cap 14231 front cap 14 040 front cap    
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"The King of Bokeh" is the nickname of the Leica 35mm Summicron-M (IV or Version 4) f/2.0 though none of the Leica 35mm Summicrons seem to lack pleasant bokeh.

Bokeh definition - The visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens: It's a matter of taste and usually photographers discuss a 'nice' or 'pleasant' bokeh (the out-of-focus area is always unsharp why the quality discussed is if one likes the way it renders or not by a particular lens: Some lenses make highlights round, some look like stop-signs in shape, others make them more silky with less actual edges).
ORIGIN from Japanese 'bo-ke' which mean 'fuzziness' or 'blur.'

 


See which serial numbers relates to which years in the Leica Lens Compenadium

 

Leica M9 in JPG black & white mode, 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0
Leica M9 in JPG black & white mode, 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0 (Version I from 1960)

 

The 2016-model VI of the Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.
The 2016-model VI of the Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.

 

Which lens to own first? - Another classic Leica lens

As mentioned, the 35mm has long been the most sold Leica lens. When people ask me, which lenses to get with their first Leica, I usually tell this:

Most Leica users have one lens they use 95% of the time, so you don't have to aim at getting "all the lenses" as you often do when you own a SLR camera system. It's true that there are many beautiful Leica lenses, and it's also true that you tend to get more than one. But in reality, all you use is one.

Deciding which lens to get as the first standard lens is often simple: Either you are a 35mm or a 50mm person. Very few find 28mm, 75mm or some other lens their standard lens. So for most people, deciding if 35mm or 50mm is their most natural view is the first step.

Next decision is if you can live with a f/2.0 Summicron lens or you want the most extreme (and usually twice as expensive) f/1.4 Summilux.

Ther is also the possibility of going with one of the new f/2.4 or f/2.5 Summarit lenses. The 50mm Summarit is an extremely well-designed lens, and so is the 35mm Summarit f/2.4.

 

The Leica M4 with the classic Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 Version II "Rigid" that I have used a lot, also on the digital rangefinders. It's not hard to find, which means it's also reasonable prices. It's not a collectors item. © 2017 Thorsten Overgaard.
The Leica M4 with the classic Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 Version II "Rigid" that I have used a lot, also on the digital rangefinders. It's not hard to find, which means it's also reasonable priced: It's not a collectors item. © 2017 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

 

Which hood for the Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASHP f/2.0

Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron-M ASPH and vented metal hood 12 504
The lens comes with the square plastic hood that does the job. But if you take the extra effort and it's Christmas or your birthday, you may convince your self to get the 2-300$ metal vented hood 12 504 (in photo) or the 150-200$ model 12 585H so it looks like a real Vietnam war camera.

Very few available from new, but second-hand you have a good chance finding one of the metal hoods.

The 35mm ASPH does a really good job but has always suffered from the un-sexy look of the standard plastic hood that comes with the lens. I think the metal hood makes it as sexy looking as the 35mm Summilux-M ASPH, but smaller.

Hoods for 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0
12 524   12 504   12 585H
         
12 524   12 504   12 585H
Standard hood 12 524
Clip-on plastic (comes with lens)
  Vented metal hood 12 504
Clip-on metal (ca. 2-300$)
  Vented metal hood 12 585H
Clip-on metal (ca. 150-200$)

 

Leica 12504 crome lens shade
The Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0 can be made into a sexy looking lens with the original Leica 12504 lens shade in chrome. To find the chrome lens shade, you may have to look in every corner of many camera stores, as Malou Lasquite from Switzerland did to acquire this one for her Leica M9-P and matching chrome lens.

 

The new outside screw on the 2016-model 35mm Summicron

Leica introduced the outside screw for the lens shade on their 2016-redesigned version (model 11673 and 11674). This is a special Leica-patended screw with a stop so the shade sits perfectly. This is how the square lens shades that new Leica lenses comes with can sit correctly.

This outside screw is also on the new 35mm Summilux FLE, 28mm Summilux and other lenses and obviously have the advantage that the filter thread stays free to be used for filters.

 

The new current Leica 35mm Summicron (model 11673 and 11674) with my ventilated lens shade model #3520-OUS that sits on the ouside thread of the lens. To the left is the Leica model #12473 square shade that the lens comes with.
The new current Leica 35mm Summicron (model 11673 and 11674) with my ventilated lens shade model #3520-OUS that sits on the ouside thread of the lens. To the left is the Leica model 12473 square shade that the lens comes with.

 

Leica M9 and 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0
Leica M9 and 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0 (Version 1) @ f/2.0, 200 ISO, 1/710 second.

 

Erwin Puts on the difference between the 35mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4 (IV) and the current 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0 (VI): "The Summicron-M ASPH 35 mm at full aperture gives quite comparable performance to the Summilux ASPH at f/2.0, with a very high contrast image over a large part of the picture field. The finest details are rendered a frac- tion softer at the edges and with some- what lower micro contrast. The Summilux-M ASPH at f/2.0 is slightly ahead of the Summicron according to the MTF graphs in the outer zones. The better flare suppression of the Summicron produces a slightly tighter overall image. I would prefer to call it a difference in fingerprint or characteris- tic of image rendering. The Summicron-M ASPH shows a pattern of extremely high quality on axis, becom- ing less so when going outwards to the corners. The difference between the available image quality on axis and in the field is quite gradual. The Summilux-M ASPH at its full aperture of f/1.4 has the same pattern, but stopped down to f/2.0 shows very even cover- age over most of the field. That is re- markable after only one stop."

 

Leica M9 sample with Leica 35mm Summicron-M
Leica M9 and 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0 (Version I) @ f/2.0, 200 ISO, 1/180 second. This one is very special, the bokeh and the handling of light. It's actually been improved a great deal in terms of contrast in Lightroom. But as one said, that's the "fashion look, you pay thousands to get someone to create that look in photoshop." Well, no need to anymore, just find an old lens and a new Leica M9.

 

Leica M9 by Thorsten Overgaard
Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0 (I), 200 ISO.

 


Leica M9 800 ISO with Leica 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0 (I)

 

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Leica M9 evening photo at 1250 ISO, 1/125 second, 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0 (I). (+ 0.26 EV adjustment in Lightroom). And below a 100% crop:


Another Leica M9 evening shot through a shop window. 1250 ISO, 1/125, 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0 (I). (-0.3 EV in Lightroom)


Leica M9, 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0 (Version I), 400 ISO.

 

Thomas Sigfred
Sigfred's Kaffebar, Århus Denmark, March 2006
Leica M4 with 35mm Summicron-M F/2.0 (Version I) on 100 ISO Fuji Astia run as 200 ISO, scanned on Hasselblad/Imacon Photo slide scanner. Available light from a large window to the right + a 100 cm silver reflector reflecting a sunbeam from below the chair in the left corner.

 

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Leica M9 photo by Thorsten Overgaard
Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0, 200 ISO (I).

 

Leica M9 photo by Thorsten Overgaard
My daughter shot with Leica M9 and 35mm Summicron-M f/2.0 (I).


   
     
   

 

   
   


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Above: Tue Juelsbo working backstage the KENZO fashion show in London with Leica M9 and 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0 (version V). See images from the shoot here (photographed with Leica S2 and 70mm Summarit-S f/2.5)

 

 

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