LEICA HEKTOR 28mm F/6.3 Review

Hektor is a Dog


The maximum aperture of a lens is important that it’s included in the name of the Leica lens itself. But this lens is an exception. The maximum aperture of the Hektor lenses is 6.3 to 2.5. Hektor is an optical structure with 6 elements in 3 groups. The name is taken from the name of a dog raised by optical designer Berek, and Hektor is also the name of a hero in Greek mythology.

Small aperture

We are conditioned to constantly be chasing huge apertures. With a massive aperture like f/0.95 or f/1.0 Leica Noctilux we automatically assume quality. However, in most situations it is simply not relevant. Small apertures will still produce beautiful images. Apertures at around f/5.6 and f/8 are often the apertures that will maximise the sharpness of a lens. 

Street Photography


This small lens packs a big punch for taking photos in the streets. Its maximum aperture is f/6.3. That’s too small as opposed to the f/1.4-f/2 options. Nonetheless, it will give you both your foreground and background are as sharp as possible from front to back.

When choosing lenses for street photography, we usually want achieve the maximum depth of field by choosing a small aperture. F/5.6 – f/8 are loved by street photographers because of the large depth of fields, and there needs to be enough light too.

Landscape Photography

Landscape photographers gravitate toward small aperture settings, such as f/8, f/11, and even f/16. 

Digital M

The big problem that arises is that the dust spots you have on your digital Ms sensor become painfully visible. Dust spots are clearly visible due to a small aperture. Dust spots are annoying because you have to clone them out later in the post-processing. For this reason alone, you may want to avoid LEICA HEKTOR 28mm F/6.3. With film, it’s not a problem.

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