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Leica Normal 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit, Updated for Digital) - Black USA

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The Leica SUMMILUX-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. delivers virtually the same outstanding performance throughout all apertures and focus settings. Whether using selective focus at close range, high-contrast available light applications or an extended depth of field to capture landscapes, this lens handles every situation with ease.

Every innovation currently available in lens technology - aspherical lenses, glass with anomalous partial dispersion, glass with a high refraction index and a floating element - has been combined to create a lens that sets the new standard in this focal length class.

An extremely fast standard lens that is used a great deal in reportage photography. Its extraordinary speed of f/1.4 permits usable shutter speeds even in poor light situations.

This lens has been updated with the "6-bit" coding, which allows the digital M camera to read this information optically and to identify which lens is being used. The camera can then (optionally) apply a "final stage" software based vignetting correction (for RAW images the lens used is simply recorded, no change is made).

Includes "6-bit code" which allows the digital M8 camera to identify which lens is being used, and also to store this information in image metadata
High-speed, high-contrast normal lens for Leica's M series
Finger focusing grip allows for one-finger focusing control
Built-in, lockable telescoping lens hood
Filter Size 46mm
f/Stop Range 1.4-16
Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' (0.7 m)
Magnification 1:11.3
Angle of View 47°
Groups/Elements 5/8
Length 2.1" (52.5mm)
Maximum Diameter 2.1" (53.5mm)
Weight 11.8 oz (335 g)
Leica Normal 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit, Updated for Digital) - Black
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Soft Leather Lens Case
  • Built-In Telescopic Lens Hood
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • 3-Year Passport Warranty
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    Leica50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit)
     
    5.0

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    Pros

    • Consistent output (15)
    • Strong construction (13)
    • Durable (11)
    • Nice bokeh (10)
    • Rugged (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Low light (13)
      • Night photography (12)
      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Weddings (6)
      • General purpose (3)
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      5.0

      Unsurpassed Quality

      By Tom

      from Dallas

      Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

      Very impressed with the quality of images taken on my new Leica M camera with this lens.

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By carter

      from chantilly, va

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

        Being used for portraiture, wide open. Has extraordinary bokeh!

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        5.0

        Incredible Lens!!

        By steamboat Bob

        from Colorado

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

          Beautiful lens. Incredible build. Built in lens hood. Very fast lens. Focus ring is very smooth. Renders beautiful images. I could use this as my only lens (though I'd like to get a 35mm Summilux or Summicron in the future). Not an inexpensive lens but it is well worth it and I will have this baby for a lifetime, Highly recommend.

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          5.0

          VERY EXPENSIVE BUT THE BEST!

          By EAM9

          from Lévis,Qc, Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Street photography

            Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

            It is razor sharp with a wonderful bokeh.
            It is a lense built for a lifetime.
            It is the best 50mm that I ever used.

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            • No

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            5.0

            I love this lens

            By John

            from Grand Rapids, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

              The 50mm f/1.4 is a amazing piece of glass. You will not be disappointed with the results. At 1.4 the separation between subject and background is stunning.

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              5.0

              Moría por ya tenerlo.

              By Luisito

              from Ciudad de México

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Hermoso
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                Simply the best lens you can have.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Superb lens!

                By garyabq

                from Albuquerque New Mexico

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Street shooting

                  Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                  I have only used this lens once, shooting about 50 pictures on my M9. I would rate this lens as tied for the sharpest of my Leica lenses (a position jointly held by my 28mm and 75mm Summicrons).Physically, this lens is very solid, not too heavy (particularly when compared to the Noctilux) but you'll know you're using a fine camera lens. Focus is very smooth with no resistance yet no wander or creep in the focus if it were too loose. Typical Leica.Image-wise, the detail that this lens captures when using my M9 is beyond words. I took a photo of an old brick brewery building in downtown Albuquerque from about 200 feet away. When I looked at the photo at 100% in Photoshop CS6 (after converting from RAW to psd in Photoshop Camera RAW) I could make out the heads of bolts on a metal bracket attached to the building. Amazing!Shooting into the sun produced no flare and almost no detectable CA (purple fringe).On a negative note, I purchased this lens in late-July. It arrived DOA. The lens hood, which is built-in to this lens, was broken. It would pull out as it's supposed to but it did not stop pulling out. I complained to Leica that this should have been caught in QC (after all, each Leica lens comes with a certificate signed by the final inspector). Normally Leica makes one send in a lens for warranty repair on the owners dime but my complaining resulted in Leica picking up the tab for round trip shipping (good Leica!).So, two plus months after buying this lens, I've finally gotten to use it and I have to say, it was worth the wait.If you are using a Leica M camera and can afford to use Leica glass, then I would very highly recommend this lens. You won't be disappointed.

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                  5.0

                  AWESOME Glass!

                  By Mike

                  from Aliso Viejo

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                    The bokeh rendering of this Glass is Great! Add the B+W 46mm 0.9 ND MRC 103M Filter (3 Stops) during the day and you can shoot wide open!

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                    5.0

                    just wonderful

                    By rmkline

                    from Charleston, SC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Bokeh is excellent
                    • Compact for its speed
                    • Images look very real

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors/Low Light

                      Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                      I have this lens as well as the 50 Summicron, and I'm not parting with either. The Cron is a much older design, and it brings a sort of charm to images that is very nice and instantly appreciated. This Summilux just extremely accurately transmits the image - the colors, the shape, the geometry, the whole "gestalt." Reviewing the images later is like looking through an open window at a moment in the past, even more so than some other Leica lenses. It is also obviously much easier to use in low light than the Cron, and may be the single best lens to carry around on the M9, with the possible exception of the 35 Lux FE (still looking for one of those).

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                      5.0

                      50mm summilux

                      By raj

                      from georgia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                        I was recently luck enough to obtain this 50 summilux from B&H (the only place that I now consider purchasing any photographic equipment). I also own the newest version of the 50 summircon. In comparing the two lenses, the Summilux has outstanding bokeh. Extra stop in low-light performance means amazing photos before sunrise and after sunset. The main purpose to get this lens is for the 1.4 aperture and bokeh. I am not sure any other lens can compare. Summircon is a sharper lens (if one zooms in 100% and is counting pixels). I am not going to mention the price difference between the two lenses because, if you have purchased an M9 for $7000, it would be ridiculous to even consider making a decision on which lens to get based on this.

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                        5.0

                        A great lens

                        By Mark

                        from Los Angeles

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday

                        Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                        With f 0.95, f1.4, f2 and f2.5 50mm's in the Leica line, each of us has to decide where dreams meet budget.

                        It's a wonderful lens, easy to use with the rangefinder system, and the M9 viewinder lets you see roughly double the actual frame, which is a joy for quick composition.

                        The lens is also a solid chunk of glass--you do not want to drop it on your foot.

                        It does, however, require a little bit of good judgement--I love the narrow depth of field with the lens wide open. The reality of my shooting is that only a fraction of my shots really need--or profit from--the full f1.4 aperature. At mid-range focusing distances, the lens still delivers very nice separation and background blur when stopped down to f5.6--f8.

                        In open-sky situations, a screw-in circular polarizer works--the exposure meter is sensitive enough to pick up the optimum polarizer setting.

                        Otherwise, the image quality is so good that you wonder why all cameras don't have lenses like this one.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome lens, takes some practice

                        By Dan

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Night Photography
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                          The lens build quality is great, except for the built in hood, which felt a tad flimsy to me. The lens is well balanced on the M9. The focus throw is longer than some of my other lenses, but I adapted to this quickly. Getting in focus shots wide open is challenging at first, so this lens will probably take some practice before you start nailing focus. Overall, I'm very satisfied with the quality of the images I'm getting with this lens.

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                          5.0

                          Never should have sold it!

                          By Dallas Mike

                          from Dallas, Texas

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Sharp
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                            I had one, loved it, then needed money. I'm a professional aerial and architectural photographer, I have a large collection of Nikon lenses that I use for my pro work and keep the Leica for my personal camera. In these tough times I needed to sel loff some equipment to fund a project so I sold the 50mm - thinking that I could to the same with my Nikon 50mm f.1.4...not even close. If you compare images side-by-side you'll see why Leica is the world's best. When I get some bill paid off I'm going to buy another 50mm.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Probably the best 50mm lens ever made.

                            By Andrew

                            from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                            • Pricey but worth it

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                            After checking out eight 50mm lenses in the last year from Zeiss, Canon, Nikon, Voigtlander and Leica as well as testing many other lenses, this is as close to perfection as I have seen.

                            It is difficult to find fault with this lens. At f1.4 it is sharp from corner to corner. Resistant to flare and has the creamy bokeh I prefer. It is only a little larger than the f2.0 Summicron.

                            If there is a fault, it would be that pin points of light at night do not make nice star patterns when the lens is stopped down. The Nokton is much more interesting.

                            As with most Leica lenses, use it without reservation at any f-stop.

                            Perhaps price is a con, but I know my search for a 50mm for my Leica is at an end.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            The best next to a 35mm f1.4

                            By Mark

                            from Torrance, CA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light

                              Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                              Everything about the lense is great...

                              I have been checking B&H website for over a month and finally was lucky enough to get one today.

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                              5.0

                              The best standard M lens.

                              By B. Smukler

                              from Visalia, CA

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Quick Focus
                              • Rugged
                              • Sharp Focus
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • NONE

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Low light photography
                              • Night Photography
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Street photography

                              Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                              In my opinion, the "new" version of the 50 1:1.4 Summilux-M ASPH lens is one of the two best lenses for all-around general photography, including street photos, low light photos, and selective focus photos (which is where I think the Leica M system is at its best). The lens is fantastic at 1:4. You can easily keep shooting at dusk, or even later with careful use of the Leica folding tripod and ball head. I have used that setup by resting the tripod against walls, and even just resting it against my chest. Sure, the Noctilux is intoxicating, but it is also large and heavy, by M standards, and has an incredibly shallow DOF when used wide open. I think it is more of a specialty lens than an everyday, general use lens. My other candidate for best all-around use is the 35 1:1.4 Summilux M ASPH, which has virtually the same performance as the 50 'Lux with of course a different angle of view.

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                              5.0

                              Sharper than Sharp!

                              By shtarka1

                              from boston

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Rugged
                              • Sharp Focus
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Night Photography

                                Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                                Tremendous IQ & Bokeh!

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                                5.0

                                Probably the best 50mm production lens

                                By Travel Photographer

                                from Paris France

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Rugged
                                • Sharp Focus
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Low light photography
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                                  This lens is a state of the art masterpiece of optical engineering.
                                  An excellent choice for portraits and general low light photography with the M8.
                                  It excels at all apertures and distances including wide open.
                                  It is a joy to use and finally a 50/1.4 lens that can be used in any situation without worry about contrast or quality loss wide open and at all apertures.
                                  I have been using it extensively for 2 years now and along with the 35/1.4 ASPH that makes a perfect set for almost any situation. For shooters who need wide angle you could also add the 28/2 ASPH, but I don't like to change lenses on the M8 because of dust.

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                                  5.0

                                  Summilux Rex!

                                  By ZiggyZulunuz

                                  from San Francisco CA

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Sharp Focus
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                                    This is not the cultish Marilyn Monroe-Noctilux. Rather, this is the ultra accessible Robert de Nero of lenses. It is sharp (f/2-f/5.6) for portraiture!

                                      • Similar:
                                      • Leica M8, Leica Noctilux 50/1, Adobe Photoshop CS3

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