Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 – Excellence at 2x Crop

Recently I’ve been suffering from GAS with my penchant for fine glass(es) for my Olympus PEN-F and the currently flavor that I’ve been obsessing over are the Leica lenses that are available for the Micro 4/3 camera systems by Panasonic.

If you’ve read my previous blog post about the exotic Leica DG NOCTICRON 42.5 f/1.2, then my recent pick up of the Leica DG SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 should be no surprise for those of you looking for excellent image quality out of your Micro 4/3 system.

The lens itself is not cheap, which cost almost double over the excellent Olympus 25mm f/1.8, but the extra stops of light and better sharpness across the frame over the slower Olympus variant (albeit the Leica is softer at the corners wide open at f/1.4) make this an excellent choice for the prosumer/enthusiast photographer that know what they’re looking for.

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Minor editing in Lightroom

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boosted the exposure and lightly edited in Lightroom

The photos were lightly edited in Lightroom, but the JPEGs have impressed me and the RAWs were no exception. The sharp image quality and the micro contrasts that you get out of these lenses are worth a look.

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The photos you’ll see below were straight out of the camera JPEGs.

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f/2.2 | ISO 200 | ISO 1/160

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f/5.0 | ISO 200 | 1/800

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f/1.4 | ISO 250 | 1/8000

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f/1.4 | ISO 200 | 1/1250

As I’ve been searching for highly quality Micro 4/3 lenses similar to my Zeiss lenses on my Sony, I think I’ve found the answer with the Panasonic Leicas. The price premium over the basic Olympus/Panasonic lenses is worth it to me, if not for the Leica “look”, but for the extra sharpness and extra stops of light.

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f/1.6 | ISO 200 | 1/80

 

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