Summicron M vs Elmarit M 90mm

I keep reading on the forums that everyone loves the Elmarit M because its smaller and sharper. I simply wanted to find out for myself and share my findings to those who want to know.

My version of the Cron feels much better made than the Elmarit M, it feels more precise but yes it is a bit heavier, not by much though. It feels good in my hand. Maybe I’m used to the weight of the Summilux 50mm Asph Chrome and thats why I don’t feel the weight like some users that are used to a Cron 35mm.

These lenses are difficult to focus properly and nail it. I keep focusing one inch behind or so, I never have problems with my 50mm or smaller but the 90mm always seems difficult. This is why is not a great lens for a range finder. Its better to use the EVF on lenses like these.

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Elmarit M on Leica M

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Summicron M 90mm on Leica M

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Shot at f/8 cropped lower left of image and notice the edges on the Summicron M are much sharper.

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f/2.8 on both Almost no difference, Cron on the right side.

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Elmarit M on Left seems colder but maybe almost equal sharpness in the center at f5.6

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Leica SF26 with Off-Camera Flash set to TTL bounced on right reflector.

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Size Comparison