Can’t decide on a 35mm? Here is the ultimate Leica 35mm lens comparison table with all the lenses available at the 35mm focal length in a sortable list with size, weight, speed and more.
Since there are many 35mm lenses available for the M mount, it can be hard to pinpoint the right one. Hence the Leica 35mm lens comparison chart below is here to help. Unlike the ones you will find elsewhere this is a sortable, searchable and interactive list that you can use to find the right lens.
Leica 35mm lens comparison chart
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What is the best 35mm lens?
If you simply one the recommendation for the best Leica 35mm lens, this would be the Summilux 35mm f1.4. It is sharp, excellent and has beautiful Bokeh. If you are looking for an alternative the Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f1.4 is one of the best lenses you can get.
How to use the Leica 28mm lens comparison table
The table above is interactive, here is how to use it and sort the lenses.
See only first party lenses
If you only want to see the lenses manufactured by Leica only, simply put in “Leica” at the complete bottom of the “Manufacturer” column, this will display the lenses made by Leica only. You can also put in Voigtlander for their lenses.
Lens versions and serial numbers
There are a few Voigtlanders and Leica lenses in there that are essentially the same but upgraded, you can find them with a “I” or “II” attached at the end. Also very often the serial numbers might not match for certain lenses because different colors sometimes have a different serial
If you have the need for speed, check out the maximum aperture tab that displays how wide the lenses can open. Click on the little triangle besides it and you can organize the lenses by how fast they are.
To find out what filter size (see complete list) the lens supports, check out the filter tab. You can check out what the lenses support by punching in a number at the bottom of the column. This is great if you have another lens and want to find a 35mm that matches the filter size you already have.
Lightest and smallest 35mm
If what you care about is size and weight, check out the size and weight column. Just like the other columns you can press the little triangle and it will sort the lenses.
The lightest Leica 35mm lens is the Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f/2.5 at 134g.
The smallest Leica 35mm lens is also the Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f/2.5 at 23mm.
It’s a really good lens too that takes the top spot on the list of the best Leica pancake lenses.
Best 35mm Bokeh
If you want the Leica 35mm with the best Bokeh, there are 3 things to consider. Bokeh is first and foremost a function of focal length, and since this is strictly about 35mm, we are stuck there, but the longer the focal length, the better the Bokeh.
Next factor is the lens speed and then how close you are to the subject. So the best apertures are f1.8 and above, and the closest the lens can shoot the better. So in the list above we simply sort by maximum aperture and check the closest focus distance column.
So one of the best Bokeh lenses is the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2. Not only because of the very high aperture but also because it can shoot as close as 1.7 feet.
Cheapest 35mm lens option
Final point of our Leica 35mm lens comparison article. If you are looking for the cheapest lens you can get then that is the 7Artisan 35mm f1.4 lens. But if you are looking for the best quality that can even rival Leicas and is one of the best lenses ever made, look no further then the Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 Nokton classic. It is small, with beautiful Bokeh and is the perfect lens to take anywhere.
I hope you liked this Leica 35mm lens comparison chart. There is quite a few available and sorting by your needs is the easiest way to start eliminating choices until you have found your perfect one. Many love their Summicron 35mm f2, and those looking for the cheapest will find it with the 7Artisan. The Nokton Classic however balances price and quality.