I’m not sure if I should be happy or sad that Ken Rockwell recently discovered Leica. Oh yes... I’m afraid he’s fallen in love, our Ken. He’s not clear on whether he likes or hates the M8 though, I'm getting mixed signals there.
Don’t panic, he’s still the same old Ken we know and love/hate. He’s very good at stirring debate and generating traffic for his site, intentionally or not. Now with his Leica comments there's a whole new world of lens connoisseurs for him to tick off. [Reminds me... don't miss the latest hot article. He’s just figured out that you need to square the crop factor to get the area ratio. Go Ken!]
His review of the 28mm Elmarit-M ASPH is okay. I'm not sure I agree with his opinion of the Summicron. I wouldn't get into a fight over this.
There is something that irritates me for real though... he's published some shallow opinions which I think show lack of research on his part. While he may be right on the average, each design must be judged on its own merits. This is one of the essential lessons I retain from my own Leica research, over the last couple of years. When you look at the evidence on either side, the relationship between Leica/Zeiss is closer to the one between Nikon/Canon than Nikon/Sigma.