There is often talk about the Leica look, both with their cameras and their lenses. In this video, we look at the difference between two 28mm lenses on similar resolution sensors.
When I first saw this comparison, I wondered what the point was. While the Leica Q2 and Canon R5 have a number of similarities on their spec sheets, most notably 47- and 45-megapixel sensors respectively, the Leica's built-in lens isn't really comparable to the Canon lens. Not only is the Leica lens fixed, but it's also far newer and many times the price of the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 (which was designed for film bodies might I add), as well as f/0.1 faster. So, what on earth would be the use in comparing these two lenses?
Well, after I asked myself that and clicked the video anyway, I had a realization while watching. Comparisons are at their most useful when you pitch two like-for-like pieces of gear against each other to decide which you ought to buy or which is best. However, comparing lenses of similar focal lengths but entirely different prices, ages, and systems, is interesting, at least to a camera dork like myself. The cameras being used are as much in question here as the lenses here, but the difference is remarkable. The Leica combination has undoubtedly more dynamic range on the face of it, with the Canon coming across as more contrasty. However, the sharpness wide open on the Leica is frankly ridiculous; it's so sharp, in fact, I might be tempted to throw on a Pro Mist filter or to take the edge off in a post — what a modern problem! The Canon is not without its merits though, having an airy, filmic aesthetic at times.
What did you make of this comparison. Has it convinced you of Leica's price? Is the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM a real gem at such a low price point? (You can find a used copy for around $200.) Share your thoughts in the comment section below.