3 Metal Lenses With Beautiful Image Quality

Very few things make us swoon like metal lenses. If it’s not the way that they feel in the hand, it’s the experience of turning a focusing ring to get something in focus. What’s more, they’re typically built incredibly well. So we’re sharing our love of metal lenses with you folks and recommending a few that we think you’ll truly appreciate.

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The Best L Mount Lenses for Photographers Who Love Primes

The Leica L Mount is the second oldest full-frame mirrorless autofocus camera mount on the market. It’s the home to a bunch of beautiful, unique lenses that are also quite durable. And if you like shooting video on the side, you’ll find something here you like. What’s more, if you like photography and want character from your lenses, you’ll love these! Here’s our round-up of the best L mount lenses. Always remember: we’ve tested all of these!

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The Leica 28mm F2 Matte Black Is Beautiful Inside and Out

Our staff has reviewed every Leica M-mount lens currently on the market. As much as we adore them, I’m sure we’d be happier with matte black variants of their lenses. Matte exteriors have a few characteristic differences and advantages over more polished surfaces. And that’s precisely what Leica is doing with their new 28mm Summicron variant. The Leica 28mm f2 Matte Black is less shiny and flashy than their other lenses. If you’ve beaten your camera up with lots of patina to showcase, this might be the one you want. Cue George Michael’s Careless Whisper, please.

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The Best Leica Lenses for Street Photography

Street photography is the “thing” you think about often when you consider Leica lenses. They’ve been used on the streets for years before many of us were born. And they’ve been creating and capturing stunning photos the world over. But of what’s currently available, what are the best Leica lenses for street photography? Well, we’re going to share our selections in this roundup with you.

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The Best Lenses for Photojournalists Using Any Camera System

Photojournalism can take various forms. It can be as simple as event photography for the party you’re going to. Photojournalism is also a huge part of wedding photography. But most importantly, it’s about capturing the world as it happens in front of you. There are loads of great cameras you can use for this. However, which lenses do you choose? That’s where we’re coming in to help you pick the Best Lenses for Photojournalists just like you. And we dove into our Reviews Index to find them.

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Wider Than 85mm. 3 Great Portrait Lenses For a Different Look

If there is one thing that’s often taught, it’s to not shoot portraits with anything wider than an 85mm lens. But honestly, that’s also changed in the past few years. Lenses as wide as 28mm are great for shooting portraits. And in their pursuit of clinical perfection, manufacturers have made portrait lenses more capable. Lucky for you, we dove into our Reviews Index to find some great ones. You’ll love these!

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The Leica 28mm Lens: Choosing One for M-Mount Cameras

The 28mm lens is fantastic for street photography and everyday documentary imagery. And for years, photographers have loved the Leica 28mm lens. They’ve reached for different variations of it too. Ergonomically speaking, they’re a fantastic focal length on Leica M camera bodies. And there are options for different budgets and demands. We’ve got a special treat for the Leica photographer and those interested in their beautiful M-Mount lenses today. Here’s our Leica 28mm lens guide!

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Choose One: The Only Lenses You Need for a Road Trip

There are very few things as enjoyable and freeing as a nice road trip: use these lenses to get the most of it.

It’s pretty exciting to just get in a car and go on a road trip. The random experiences always create new memories. Documenting those memories and being creative tend to add to the fun of it all. On a road trip, packing minimally can be essential. So, we’re recommending five lenses that you’ll want to bring along. In truth, you’ll only really need one, but we’re letting you make that choice for yourself.

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Cast a Spell! 3 Lenses for Natural Light Portrait Photography Magic!

There’s a bit of wizardry going on with these lenses.

No one can deny that corny, romantic feeling that you get around the golden hour. If you’re a natural light portrait photographer, you know that it’s one of the best times for it. Everything naturally looks better as the world turns from golden to blue. To that end, certain lenses and cameras are just better at helping you capture and create that magic moment. Essentially, it’s all about color and light. So we dove into our Reviews Index to round up some of our favorite lenses.

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3 of Our Favorite Manual Focus Lenses for Street Photography

Street photography is sometimes much easier and faster if you use manual focus lenses.

When is the last time you truly felt like you were being romanced by a lens? For many street photographers, that only comes with manual focus lenses. As a play on words, street photographers like to zone focus. Colloquially, that means that you’re focusing on a specific zone away from you. But one could also interpret it to say that you’re in the zone when you’re shooting. With manual focus lenses, you’re always going to get what you need and want as long as you’re careful. That’s not always the case with autofocus. So we looked at our Reviews Index to find some of the best manual focus lenses for street photography.

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The One You Want. Leica 28mm F2 Summicron SL Review

We’re amazed at how well the Leica 28mm f2 Summicron SL lens performed.

The Leica 28mm is something to behold. One of my favorite lenses is their 28mm f1.4 for M mount. So when the Leica 28mm f2 Summicron SL, I was incredibly intrigued. Leica started off by making some massive claims about autofocus speed. That one raised my eyebrows. Autofocus speed has been a huge problem for Leica for years, and now it seems they’re taking it more seriously. On top of that, they’re packing in a ton of aspherical lens elements. For a long time, I’ve wanted them to make faster lenses than f2, but in this case, I’m delighted.

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The Leica 28mm f2 APO-Summicron-SL ASPH is Making a Big Claim

The Leica 28mm f2 APO-Summicron-SL ASPH will run you around $5,195 and is making a huge claim.

Before writing this article, I spent some time researching the big claim Leica is making in the press release. Today, they’re announcing the Leica 28mm f2 APO-Summicron-SL ASPH for the L mount. It’s been a long time coming, but we expected it. It’s the widest prime that they make for the system. And like all things Leica, it’s expensive. In fact, it’s going to cost you $5,195. We can expect that with a Leica lens in terms of image quality. The SL system is also incredibly well weather-sealed. The cameras are IP rated, and the lenses can hold their own with the cameras. But what’s sort of shocking us is their big claim in the press release.

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These Lenses Have Beautiful Bokeh That’s Hypnotic

The beautiful bokeh from these lenses will hit you right in the heart! You’ll fall in love all over again!

While easy to get lost in the beautiful bokeh of your lenses, some lenses are just better than others. Lenses like those from Leica combine gorgeous colors with a jaw-dropping out of focus area. Further, there’s something to be said for lining up the shot and getting an idea of how gorgeous the image will be. We dipped into our Reviews Index for a better idea on lenses with hypnotic bokeh. Here are some of our favorites.

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It’s Not a Summilux: Leica 28mm F2 Summicron ASPH Review

The Leica 28mm f2 Summicron is a beautiful lens, but if you’ve used their f1.4 Summilux, then you can’t go back to the f2.

When I got the Leica 28mm f2 Summicron ASPH, I was pretty excited. I’ve always loved the feeling of the company’s small Summicron lenses. In hand, they just feel right and perfectly mated to the Leica M bodies they attach to. Indeed, the Leica 28mm f2 Summicron ASPH is very much a tactile experience as it is a godsend of image quality for some. If you’re a fan of muted colors and a cinematic look, then you’ll adore the Leica 28mm f2 Summicron ASPH. But if you want more resolution, you’re best off mating this lens to a third-party camera. If you want colors that pop, you should probably reach for their f1.4 variant. And if you’re going to stop this lens down a lot, then it may be even better for you to reach for a more affordable, slower aperture lens.

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