Short Review: Leica 21mm f/3.4 Super-Angulon M.

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Reasons why I bought it?

After making the switch from 50mm to 35mm and then from 35mm to 28mm, I told myself I should probably go even wider, just to check. What I really wanted was the f/4.0 lens that preceded this one, because it was smaller and looks amazing - a bit like a chrome golf ball - but that one was too hard to find.


Reasons why I sold it?

Well 21mm is where people start to look warped up the point that they stop looking normal. Also 21mm can feel so wide that the picture looses it’s story-telling element (which I talk more about in my M6 review), as the 'story' in the picture takes up such a small portion of the frame. As a result, I drew the line (for street photography) at 21mm. It is still possible to use 21mm or wider focal lengths for street photography, and every now and then when I happen to come across or borrow a super-wide-angle, I'll use it for fun, but for everyday use I would advise against it for these two reasons.  

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General Thoughts

It's a very heavy lens for it's size, and it's clearly very well built. Without it's hood (I tend to remove the hoods from lenses to minimise their profile) it looks a little funny because the front is flat and also it's widest point. More lenses are flat and have their widest point at the front like this, so I don't know why I find this lens in particular so strange-looking, but I do. Pictures are sharp and quite contrasty for such an old lens, I was impressed!

I'm not sure how well this lens works on digital.

21mm can get you some interesting perspectives because of it's super-wide-angle of view, but I personally see it just as a 'fun' focal length for street photography. For this reason I don't permanently own any 21mm lenses. However, if you are into architecture photography, or super-wide-angle landscape & cityscape shots, then this is a great lens to get!

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