Leica 28mm Summaron-M f/5.6 review

The Leica 28mm Summaron-M f/5.6 is tiny and nearly perfect, and a ticket to distortion free images on the street

Leica 28mm Summaron-M f/5.6
(Image: © Sebastian Oakley/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Leica 28mm Summaron-M f/5.6 is one of those lenses that you think could be a bit of a gimmick. But, that is far from the case, this is without a shadow of doubt the most fun lens I have used within the Leica lens lineup. It produces stunning images filled with punchy contrast, clarity and sharpness that makes your images stand out from the crowd. It is a tiny marvel of lens engineering and allows for the most compact package that Leica have ever made.


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    Tiny and compact

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    Easy to use

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    Focus and forget

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    Distortion free


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    f/5.6 maximum aperture

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    Focus locks at infinity

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    Hard to read focus scale

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The Leica 28mm Summaron-M f/5.6 is a lens that you can literally take anywhere with you thanks to its miniature size, compact operation and stellar performance, but its it worth its hefty price tag? - let's find out! 

(Image credit: Sebastian Oakley/Digital Camera World)

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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.