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Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 Pre-asph Infinity Lock: A Hidden Gem with Characters

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The Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 Pre-asph Infinity Lock: A Hidden Gem with Characters

 

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A Lens Identical to Summilux first version aka Steel Rim

There are many people who would dream of owning a copy of the first version Summilux 35mm because of its rarity, outlook and Leica “glow”. Its special outlook on both M2 and M3 version really made me fond of it, especially with that sexy OLLUX hood which is so unique in the entire Leica collection. It is sad to see the price of this rare gem keep going up.  I have personally tried both lenses on hand and been shooting with them for a while on film and digital. So I would describe the Summilux pre-a v2 early type (infinity lock version) is a little bit sharper at all apertures compared with Steel Rim.


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Kodak Tmax P3200

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Kodak Tmax P3200

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Leica M10

Steel Rim has vulnerable coating in early serials and very easy to have separations in elements, so it is hard to cherry pick the best copy. Both lenses were constructed in the same design with the same focus scale and infinity lock except the front metal rim was installed in Steel Rim. Some Infinity lock version have brass tabs and some are in chrome. Most of their serial number begins in 222xxxx, 229xxxx and 234xxxx and it is available in both M2 and M3 goggle version.

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Kodak Double-X

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Kentmere 400

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Ilford HP5 pushed to 800

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Ilford HP5 pushed to 800

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Ilford HP5 pushed to 800


Minimum focusing distance at 0.85m in M2 version

The non-goggle version of this lens can focus down to 0.85m compared with Steel Rim and normal Summilux pre-a 35mm which has a minimum focus distance at 1 meter. Other summicron lenses such as 7 elements (King of Bokeh) and 8 elements both have min focus range at 0.7m. It surely gives you an advantage to take some nice images with f1.4 at a closer range, great to take half body portraits when you are sitting opposite of your subject. Whereas the M3 version with the aid of the goggle, it can focus down to 0.65m. 

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Arista EDU 400

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Kodak Double-X

An Underrated Gem with so much Character

There are so many layers to taste with this lens. The most popular lens from Leica probably is the Summicron 35mm f2 Version 1 (8 elements) with its immaculate transition in black and white images and the essense described as sealing the air in the image. Another one will be Summicron 35mm f2 IV (7 elements) also known as King of Bokeh, it is an overall performer on black and white and colour negatives not so special but great for consistency on your image. But what I wanted to express is that this Summilux infinity lock can also offer you most of their characters at different apertures. 

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Leica M240P

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Kentmere 400

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Kentmere 400

Starting wide open at f1.4 can perform like Steel Rim but not having the crazy glow or haze from normal Ver 2 pre-asph, at f2 it is very much like the 8 elements and bokeh is the same as well. At F2.8 to F8 it gives rich and solid images like the King of Bokeh. The most obvious difference among them is that Summilux infinity lock tends to render in a much warmer tone than other lenses, that sense of Warmth sometimes might not be great on colour photography but sometimes that put on extra spirit to the photographs. I believe no lens is perfect but a great lens should have characters that fit in your photo philosophy and they are like your best companion, like a drawing brush which helps you to create your memories or assignments

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Kodak Tri-X

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Ilford HP5 pushed to 800

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Kodak Double-X

Conclusion

As I have noticed not many people are aware of the specialty of this little gem, that’s why I wrote this article to let more people appreciate this lens with its character and outstanding performance. I know this lens is actually even rarer than Steel Rim but I highly recommend you to try it. All of these are just my personal experience and if you have anything wanted to share with me or other readers, feel free to comment below and definitely great to hear comments from other users!

 


Film Samples

Kodak Ultramax 400

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Kodak Ultramax 400

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Kodak Ultramax 400

Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X

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Kodak Double-X

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Kodak Double-X

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Kodak Double-X

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Kodak Double-X

Cinestill 800T pushed to 1600

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Cinestill 800T

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Cinestill 800T

Fujifilm Superia Premium 400

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Fujifilm Supera Premium 400

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Fujifilm Supera Premium 400

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Fujifilm Supera Premium 400

Kodak Super Gold 400 (Japan Ver)

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Kodak Supergold 400

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Kodak Supergold 400

Inle Lake City Scanner 002

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Country: Myanmar
City: Inle Lake
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Summicron 35mm f2 v1
Film: Fujifilm Superia Premium 400

After we went up to pagoda in sunday market. We went back to the riverside and wait for our boat driver to come back and pick us up. during that time. I can see many boats and people coming from different side.

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Inle Lake City Scanner 001

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Country: Myanmar
City: Inle Lake
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Summicron 35mm f2 v1
Film: Fujifilm Superia Premium 400

Weather wasn’t so good in the early morning. I was little bit disappointed about the sunrise. But after we entered the floating village, weather changed and we landed in the sunday floating market. We spent awhile in the market and then went all the way up to the pagoda.

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Yangon City Scanner 001

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Country: Myanmar
City: Yangon
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Summicron 35mm f2 v1
Film: Fujifilm Superia Premium 400

Circular train and the golden pagode shwedagon brought me to the heart of Myanmar. Yangon is unlike other part of the country, it is quite similar to other South East Asian country having roads packed with vehicles. But their kindness and friendly smile on their faces are the most unforgettable experience and something I felt different from the others.

The three hour train ride is probably the best getaway from the crowds. It runs through all the local suburbs with people boarding and departing in short period of time. It is cheap and you can stay there as long as you can!

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