Leicaness and The Leica Look

Nov 21, 2015
The Netherlands
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Personally, I do find some of them have very pleasant rendering... for instance the PL 25mm 1.4. In other focal lengths, I tend to prefer "regular" Panasonic/Olympus or third party lenses. The rendering of the Panasonic 20 1.7 also does appeal to me (and for me is on an equal level to the PL 25mm in this regard). In 17mm/15mm range I have picked the Olympus over the PL.

For example; If I would shoot more portraits than I currently do: I would prefer the Sigma 56mm 1.4 over the Olympus 45 1.2 and PL 42.5 1.2 (even at the same price) as I do like the focal range and rendering better. Which one is really "better" or "special" is a matter of personal preference. Besides the difference in focal length I would not be able to pick which lens was which in a blind comparison ;-)


Mu-43 All-Pro
Jan 31, 2011
Cleveland, Ohio
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For as long as I've been with the m43 system, something about the images others (and I) have taken with the PL25 speak to me in a way that photos from others lenses don't. I also regret selling my PL42.5 in favor of a Fuji 56mm f1.2 as I prefer the look from that lens. I don't know if its a Leica thing though, as I also feel the same way about many images I've seen from the P20. Also, having never tried either, I too with pick the Oly17 over the PL15 from what I've seen.


Mu-43 Regular
Aug 22, 2018
I always thought that it was the look on your face when you check your bank account after coming back from the camera store with a shiny new Leica camera and some lenses ;)

But in all seriousness, I do think Leica lenses are overall very very good (good optical design, very high-quality glass). I doubt (read: personally can not see the difference) that this gives a special look and there are many lenses that also have very good optical design and high-quality glass for all systems.
quite right - I have a few shots taken with the Otus 28mm and they do resemble quite a lot what is 'expected' from the Noctilux 1.0 version. Thankfully we all see and perceive the world in many different ways, otherwise we would be very boring (not without drawbacks). Point being, there are some ...less than good, or simply ordinary Leica lenses.
I think that I can see the Leica glow/look and rendering difference, and same goes to Zeiss lenses. However I have been surprised a few times looking at older pictures exiff, and realized that indeed they were taken with a Canon lens..LOL. Nothing wrong with that.
If one can't see the difference, that's ok - you will save a lot of money and time discussing its attributes.
In the end they are just tools, and one sees what wants to see - used with skill, at the right time, any lens will "glow" :whistling:


Mu-43 All-Pro
Jan 16, 2017
PL lenses are expensive, but worth it.
I think so too. On landscapes, the rendering of clouds in the sky was striking as soon as I started using the PL 12-60 zoom - and I have been used to Nikon optics for the last few decades too...
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