Sunday, July 6, 2014

Leica-R 28mm f2.8 Elmarit on Sony A7

It's been quite a few years since I have had this lens and I have been using it on and off on various cameras, including Canon full frame, APS-H (1.3x crop; Canon 1D, 1D II, 1D III), and many other APS-C sensor cameras and none produced satisfactory results. The edges were just mushy, even on small sensors.

Imagine my surprise when I put this lens on the Sony A7. It was nothing like the pictures before and even the edges are very sharp. I don't know why this is. Perhaps the A7 has some edge enhancements on the sensor, or the lens just works better. Frankly, I don't really care how it's done, but I am very happy that this lens is working so well on the A7. I do wonder, how it is on the A7r.

f2.8 - Sony A7 & Leica-R Elmarit 28mm f2.8. Click for larger.

Metal Art - Sony A7 & Leica-R Elmarit 28mm f2.8. Click for larger.

The Duke - Sony A7 & Leica-R Elmarit 28mm f2.8. Click for larger.

Gooderham Flatiron - Sony A7 & Leica-R Elmarit 28mm f2.8. 


  1. I think all the summarits are super sharp and the design works perfectly on the Sony A7/r. I just got the 90 mm f2.8 summarit few weeks ago, i was very surprised to see how sharp it is. focusing was almost dead on as micro contrast jumps out of the peak focusing.

    1. The 90mm Elmarits are sharper than the 90mm f2 Summicrons, especially the E55 version.

  2. Replies
    1. Not really sure. Will check and let you know, as I am at where the lens is.

    2. Don't know what version the lens is, but the serial starts with 3184.

  3. Theory: the thickness of layers of filters over the sensor AA/IR/blah blah

    I suspect that the A7 has thinner filters layered over the sensor

  4. I'd be happy to review the lens on my A7R :)