3 lenses for the Leica M4 that you will love!

The Leica M4 is a cult camera. Among all-analogue Leicas, it represents the pinnacle of things while being very affordable. It is only surpassed by the Leica M6 in terms of tracking. But what are the best lenses for the Leica M4? Well, we’re rounding up a slew of options that we really like. And we also used all these lenses.

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How we choose the best lenses for the Leica M4

This list of lenses for the Leica M4 has been developed with many ethical values. Here’s what you need to know.

  • We’ve not only reviewed the Leica M4, but we’ve looked at each of these lenses as well. Product images and sample images were all taken by our staff. And each section includes links to our full reviews.
  • We create this list of lenses for the Leica M4 based on value for money. As such, not all lenses are from Leica themselves.
  • We have noticed many issues with Zeiss and Voigtlander lenses having mount shake. We therefore do not include any of these.
  • The Leica M4 does not have a light meter. So you will have to use an external or the Sunny 16 method.
  • We no longer own the Leica M4; we switched to the Leica M6. But still, the Leica M4 and all the variants are pretty awesome.
  • Check out our complete guide to Leica M Mount lenses here at this link.

7Artisan 50mm f1.1

Benefits

  • Very nice bokeh
  • Stop the lens a bit and it will be perfectly sharp
  • Pleasant feeling in the hand
  • Works great on M mount cameras and when attached to a Sony a7r III
  • That beautiful lens flare
  • Fun to use
  • You get a rubber focus tab that you can stick yourself
  • Very affordable at $369

The inconvenients

  • There are these empty screw holes on the focus ring. I’m afraid that stuff will go in there long term

What is the image quality?

In our review we state:

“Yeah, there’s tons of bokeh here. The best bokeh from this lens obviously comes at f1.1 and when you’re focusing closely on the subject. But given that it’s a rangefinder, setting at the closest point is about three feet. The bokeh is creamy, dreamy, beautiful. There’s so much to say about it that just can’t be put into words. But on top of that, it unlike any bokeh I’ve seen before. Some say this lens is a copycat from a Voigtlander, but I’m not sure I see it. Portrait photographers will surely be delighted here.

Is it worth the price?

This lens is a vintage designed f1.1 for less than an 11 person dinner tab (tip not included). It’s definitely worth the price, and you can get one here.

7Artisan 35mm f2

Benefits

  • Full open only stops
  • Sharp images
  • beautiful bokeh
  • Small and light
  • Metal body

The inconvenients

  • Nothing really, except it’s not the quality of Leica, Zeiss or Voigtlander. But it’s still very good.

What is the image quality?

In our review we state:

“The bokeh of the 7Artisans 35mm f2 is very pleasing to my eyes. It’s not what the f1.4 lenses I tested have, but it’s still very beautiful in its own way. This is partly due to the design and the way subjects tend to bloom with light if backlit. If you like bokeh, you’re not really going to complain. Instead, you’ll be happier having an affordable lens that can deliver solid quality.

Is it worth the price?

This lens can be used for less than $200. The other day I spent more on new sheets, and that lens will last me longer.

Leica 28mm f5.6

Benefits

  • Very discreet construction
  • A very classic look at image quality that I seriously wish more manufacturers had
  • F5.6 is probably what I would use for street photography anyway.
  • Smooth Operation

The inconvenients

  • Full stops for the opening, but if you’ve been shooting a movie this shouldn’t be a problem at all
  • Weird area focus scale so it’s hard to tell what you’re in focus

What is the image quality?

In our review we state:

“The color rendition of the Leica Summaron-M 28mm F5.6 is quite discreet. It’s classic and really nice on digital sensors. On a Sony sensor, it will obviously be more saturated.

Is it worth the price?

The Leica 28mm f5.6 has quite unique image quality overall. Plus, the build quality is way better than any of the alternatives out there. We think that’s a lot worth the price For this reason.

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