Friday, September 09, 2011

First Leica Service Experience

Shadows on Mesh - Leica M9, 35 Summilux ASPH II, ~f/4, 1/500s, ISO 160
I just completed my first experience with Leica USA service.  I had to send in my M9, 21 Summilux and the brand new 50 Summilux for focus adjustment.  The focus was off only by a smidge, but it was noticeable enough to me to require service.  Given the completely mechanical nature of the rangefinder focusing system, its not a surprise that adjustments are required for perfect accuracy.  So off it went, they said they would have all my stuff back to me by a certain date and sure enough everything arrived yesterday.  Each item had a test certificate showing the technician and a secondary inspector and everything was packaged up extremely well.  Oh, and both lenses are now superbly accurate, so I'm very happy.

As a bonus, my 35mm Summilux ASPH II arrived yesterday at the same time so it was like Christmas came early.  I've only had a chance to do a handful of around the house shooting with the lens but from what I see this is the finest 35mm lens I've ever used from any manufacturer.  The sharpness and contrast wide open is superb and the performance across the frame as you stop down is equally superb.  Can't wait to do some actual photography with this gem.


Eric Chan said...

Have you tried Leica's 35 for the S system? :-)

Aravind Krishnaswamy said...

Yes, I have, but my time with it was short. I used it only for some landscape photography so it was all done stopped down. I can say that for landscapes, its great. Lots of detail right into the corners and no aberrations that I could see. Stopped down to about f/11, I'm not sure you'd see much of a difference (apart from some color differences) between the 35 Summilux, the 35 Summarit-S, and the Zeiss 35 f/2 (which is what I use for landscapes on the 5D2).

My enthusiasm for the 35 'lux II comes from the results it delivers starting wide open at f/1.4 and am just as happy with it now after having used it for a couple of weeks.