Leica 24mm Summilux-M f/1.4 ASPH review

A lens with legendary status often admired by Leica owners, but does it live up to the hype and glory?

Leica 24mm Summilux f/1.4
(Image: © Sebastian Oakley / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re looking for the ultimate 24mm lens to fix onto your Leica, then this lens is the one. It is built like a tank with only the best materials used, and functions as expected from Germany-engineering. It will cost you a fortune to own such a legend of a lens, however it's definitely your one lens to rule them all. It is a wise investment if you can find it in stock – a lens like this carries a lot of prestige with photographers around the world and if they own one they hold on to it, or if they find it, it's never in stock for long.


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    Ultra-sharp images

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    Amazing build quality

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    Zero distortion


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    Very expensive

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    Limited stock

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    External viewfinder is needed

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The Leica 24mm Summilux-M f/1.4 is a lens with a legendary status held by some of the masters of photography within the photographic community. But does this lens live up to all the hype and glory? Let's find out!

Leica 24mm Summilux-M f/1.4 ASPH Specifications

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Sebastian Oakley
Ecommerce Editor

For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.