The Day the Summarit Came to Stay…


Remember that scene in Star Wars™ where ‘ole Ben Kenobi says to those crazy Stormtroopers “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for…”

…and they believe him?!

(I know…I know…Jedi mind trick.  Relax.)


In any case, the Summarit 50mm f/1.5 LTM recently came to my house to live…And it is staying for keeps.  If you’re shooting the Mono, this IS the lens you’re looking for.

(You see what I did there?)





It is definitely not “digital-clinical”–It has plenty of character, and can be just about anything from “crazy-glowy” and swirly-like-mad, to sharp and detailed.






These photos were all taken in a 24 hour period.  I have tried to process them all with slightly different subtleties in order to showcase the nuances of this lens.  These may not be for everyone, but for me: It is staying on the camera for a very long time.






Thanks for looking,


6 thoughts on “The Day the Summarit Came to Stay…

  1. jkjod says:

    Well, the “funk” didn’t last very long! These are pretty fantastic. So Bravo! I’ve never owned a Monochrom but from all the images/reviews I’ve read and/or seen my favorite images always seem to be from the more classic LTM/M lenses. Looking forward to more of this combo for sure!

    • mewanchuk says:

      Thanks Jordan!

      I really do love the rendering of this–The framing was a bit haphazard as I only had a 28/90 LTM adapter, but it turned out alright. I too prefer the inherent “look” of the classic lenses–Are you shooting any of them on your film body?


      • jkjod says:

        I have a Voigtlander 35/1.4 SC – basically the Voigtlander version of the 35 Summilux pre-asph, as well as a ZM 35 C Biogon which is completely different and an extremely modern lens. Both take the same filters and hood which is plus. I have been considering just selling the ZM because I like the look of the Voigt 35 with film, but the ZM C Biogon is so dang small and sharp I’ll probably keep it. They offer a very different drawing between the two.

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