A welcome addition to our Leica lens arsenal is the Summilux-SL 50 f1.4 ASPH, which we took delivery of just a couple of weeks ago. As we only have APSC L mount camera bodies to attach it to at present, this particular choice may seem a little odd to some. Yep, it is large. Yep is has considerable ‘heft’. And yep, the APSC bodies are dwarfed by it. But it provides a very useful short telephoto perspective (75mm) with a fast aperture, giving me some of my favourite shooting parameters. It also aligns nicely with future acquisition plans to fully embrace the L mount system from a 36x24mm sensor perspective.
The day after its arrival saw a dusting of snow fall across Derbyshire and with more unsettled weather imminent, I had a stroll around a local tourist hotspot, Matlock Bath. I enjoy the village more during winter months once the crowds have left, and it winds down its more commercial side. Carrying just the Summilux attached to my CL, I captured the first images with the combo and was stunned by the results. It is too soon to write a full user review, but I thought I would share these initial images to illustrate what the Len’s capabilities are. Once the honeymoon period is over and the lens has seen more use, I will write more about it on PhotoArk.
Some of the images below have been post processed, but others are as they came out of the camera, with nothing added other than a direct conversion from DNG to JPG.