Volumes have written about the much maligned and despised Leitz 5cm 1.5 Summarit.
But, it’s one of my favorite lenses and I can tell you why in just two photos!
Shot One, taken at approximately 5 feet away from the subject at f4 with Kodak Tri-X 35mm film rated at 1600 ISO, processed in Kodak HC110b and scanned by an Epson V500:
Shot Two, taken at approximately 5.5 feet away from the subject at f1.5 with Kodak Tri-X 35mm film rated at 1600 ISO, processed in Kodak HC110b and scanned by an Epson V500:
What do you think?!
The critics will cite the serious loss of resolution at full aperture. And yes this sometimes bothers me as well for particular types of shots. But when you think about it, mounting the Summarit is like having two lenses at your disposal; one that is a clinical sharp performer for about f3.5 and smaller and one that is a quirky impressionist painter closer to 1.5!
Critics of the Summarit are of course, shooters looking for tack sharp wide open performance. And while that’s a worthy cause, let’s be honest, that’s a bit boring and there are piles of other lenses that do this.
At 1.5, The Summarit has enough swirlios to make you dizzy. And notice its signature crescent-shaped out of focus points of light. Yes, my second image is very soft, but this static scene is dancing now! The Summarit brings life and style to, two styles in fact, to its subjects. How cool is that?!
Anyway, that’s what I think of the Leitz 5cm 1.5 Summarit. What are your thoughts? Love it or hate it? Let me know!