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

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The Leica SUMMILUX-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. (6-Bit Code) 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.

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).

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.
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.9 x 4.7 x 4.7"
Leica Normal 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (Updated for Digital, 6-Bit) - Silver
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    LeicaNormal 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit)
     
    5.0

    (based on 10 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (7)
    • Nice bokeh (6)
    • Rugged (6)
    • Consistent output (5)
    • Durable (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (5)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Night photography (3)
    • Weddings (3)
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    5.0

    Another lens that makes the Leica M camera worthwhile

    By BFPACA

    from Palo Alto, CA

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

    I went back and forth among this lens, the 50 2.0, and the 50 2.0 APO. The APO, which costs a fortune, didn't seem to me any better than this. The 1.4 seemed to have a more special look than the 2.0. I've now tried the 1.4 for a few weeks and am glad I chose this lens. Outstanding sharpness. Beautiful bokeh.

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    5.0

    A Quick Summary About the Summilux

    By Bobby Loves Photography

    from Canada

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    Pros

    • Excellent Construction
    • Fantastic bokeh
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I recently wrote a review about this lens but I thought I should include a couple extra points.

    I did a comparison between the Summilux 50/1.4 and several other 50mm prime lenses (Summicron 50/2, Zeiss Planar 50/2, Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH) and did a 'pixel peep' at 100% enlargement.

    The Summicron was surprisingly the sharpest of the bunch. I expected the Summilux to be sharper, but this was not the case.

    That being said, the difference was mininal and in real-world usage nobody would ever see the difference.

    Where the Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH really shines is in two ways:

    1. The visual field is exceptionally flat, giving a very natural 'look' to your images. Distortion is extrememly minimal with this lens.
    2. The out-of-focus area or 'bokeh' is exceptionally good -- better than the Summicron. Center-focus subjects are razor sharp, and the backgrounds melt away in a smooth, liquid, and very pleasing manner.

    The only other lens that I've tried that has a similar bokeh is the Nokton 50mm F1.5 ASPH -- it also has a very pleasant bokeh. But the Nokton suffers from chromatic aberration in high-contrast situations. The Summilux doesn't have this problem.

    All things considered, the Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH is a fabulous lens. It's so good I'm considering selling my other 50mm primes and just keeping this one as my main lens.

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    5.0

    Everything You've Read About This Lens Is True

    By Bobby Loves Photography

    from Canada

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Excellent sharpness
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction
    • Wonderful color

    Cons

    • Chrome Version Is Heavy
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

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

    Not much to add to the reviews already here on B&H and elsewhere, but thought I'd throw in my 2 cents.

    I'll try to keep my review simple and straightforward.

    I owned a Zeiss Planar 50/2 and I thought that was a remarkable lens.

    Then I bought a Leica Summicron 50/2 (v4) and thought THAT was a great lens.

    Gear lust drove me to purchase the Leica Summilux 50/1.4 in chrome. The initial few dozen images I took with this lens blew me away.

    Sorry Leica -- your Summilux is almost TOO good. This lens absolutely destroys the Summicron. I did an A/B comparo between the two. I should say there is no comparison. Everything you want is there: superb colors, great contrast, ridiculous sharpness.

    This is a legendary lens. The build quality is wonderful and the image quality is superb. My only complaint is that the chrome version is significantly heavier than the black version. The extra weight causes the camera to be more front-heavy than I'd like. But it's a liveable complaint.

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    5.0

    fantastic

    By maralatho

    from Santa Barbara CA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

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

    A remarkable lens, impeccably constructed, though heavier than I expected.

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    5.0

    An excellent lens

    By Jams0075

    from Greenville, SC

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

    I bought this lens two weeks ago, afer trial out and shot about more than 100 pictures, I found this lens is the most sharp lens in Leica M50 series, with details and wonderful color.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Lieca Sharp

    By Nikon Lover

    from NY NY

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      My first Leica lens and it is as expected. You read the reviews and they are true.

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      5.0

      Good reason this lens is a classic!

      By Coral Palm

      from Bangkok, Thailand

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Super lens, lives up to hype and more. Wonderful construction, superbly engineered and crafted, joy to hold and use.

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          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The best

          By Raj

          from Atlanta

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

          Best all purpose lens I have used.

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Definitely impressed

          By DCV

          from Baton Rouge, LA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            First off let me say that I feel very fortunate to have been able to order the 50 lux from B&H given how difficult they are to find. The lens is absolutely stunning, there's no other way to describe it. Sharpness, colors, bokeh, size, everything about it is perfect. I received the lens just days before a trip to India. I was so enamored with the lens that I ended up using it for 99% of the shots, even for landscapes. Excellent lens.

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            5.0

            Best 50 1.4 around

            By Lexybeast

            from Irvine, CA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Price

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

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

            Solid mechanical build, light weight, and the bokeh is amazing. It outdoes other so-called bokeh kings like Canon's 85 1.2. It's optimised for shooting at 1.4, so even wide open, it's incredibly sharp. But it's a Leica lens, so what did you expect?

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