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Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Lens

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Product Highlights

  • 50mm Focal Length
  • Aperture: f/2.0 - f/16
  • No Image Degradation At f/5.6
  • Angle of View: 47 / 40 / 27 Degrees
  • 8 Elements In 5 Groups
  • Rear Group Comprises Floating Element
  • Focus Range: 2.3' - Infinity
  • Max. Reproduction Ratio: 1:11.3
  • Leica M Quick-Change Bayonet Mount
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The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Lens represents a true milestone in photographic lens development. You need look no further than the MTF chart to understand what makes this piece of equipment so significant: At an aperture of f/5.6, the lines for both tangential and sagittal structures are absolutely flat--meaning the lens has no image degradation whatsoever. The graphs for f/2.0 and f/2.8 are highly impressive, as well. This is an achievement previously believed by many to be impossible in the field of optics.

Even the finest of details are resolved with greater than 50% contrast across the entirety of the image field. Vignetting is restricted to a mere 2 stops at full aperture in 35mm format, equivalent to about 1 on Leica's M8 models, and stopping down to f/2.8 visibly minimizes this light deterioration towards the image's edges, with virtually none but the natural vignetting remaining. At a maximum of 0.4% (pin cushion), distortion is so low, it's practically imperceptible.

Eight lens elements combine to realize this exceptional performance. Every image you capture with this APO-Summicron-M lens--in any photographic situation--will demonstrate extreme sharpness and resolution throughout, providing you all the validation you need to know that you've made a superior choice. Plus, the lens' apochromatic correction reduces chromatic aberration on sharp edges to deliver the most natural rendition of each detail. The result? You enjoy the best possible reproduction results at any and all print sizes.

To enable such apochromatic correction, which produces a common focusing plane for 3 light wavelengths, 3 of the 8 lens elements are constructed of glass with high anomalous partial color dispersion, while 2 of the remaining 5 feature a high refractive index. In the rear group, the first lens' aspherical surface works to minimize spherical aberration and flatten the image field. Optical construction is Gaussian type, while the arrangement of lens elements resembles that of the Summilux-M 1:1.4/35 mm ASPH. This group, located behind the diaphragm, comprises the floating element that moves independently of the others in focusing, altering position relative to the front group, to ensure that the lens delivers incredible image quality throughout its focus range--even at the closer focusing distances.

To realize the stunning apochromatic correction, it was necessary to utilize specially-formulated glasses based upon original creations of the former Leitz glass lab. Leica understands that the process of working with these glasses is truly a fine art, which is why they have been integrated so expertly into this Summicron lens.

The lens' design is based on that of its predecessor, with the 50mm focal length and maximum f/2.0 aperture serving as the foundation for the rest of the development. With a compact body only slightly longer and heavier than the Summicron-M 1:2/50mm, and with an almost identical diameter, this lens delivers noticeably superior image quality. In the 30 years since the launch of the 1:2/50mm, Leica has accomplished a lot--but this is certainly one of their crowning achievements.

This groundbreaking lens is the culmination of 150 years of hard work. The APO-Summicron-M 50mm owes its unparalleled performance to the perfect interaction of all design and construction elements--from optical calculation to selection of materials to highly sophisticated and elaborate manufacturing and finishing.

Constructed completely by hand in Germany, and composed of only the best materials, the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Lens is a testament to the amazing achievements that are possible when advanced technology, vast knowledge, and meticulous, expert craftsmanship collide.

Image Degradation: Going, Going--Gone
A glance at the MTF chart illuminates what makes this lens so significant: While the graphs for f/2.0 and f/2.8 apertures are highly impressive, at an aperture of f/5.6, the lines for both tangential and sagittal structures are absolutely flat--meaning the lens has no image degradation whatsoever
High Contrast
Even the finest of details are resolved with greater than 50% contrast across the entirety of the image field
Minimal Vignetting
Vignetting is restricted to a mere 2 stops at full aperture in 35mm format, equivalent to about 1 on Leica's M8 models, and stopping down to f/2.8 visibly minimizes this light deterioration towards the image's edges, with virtually none but the natural vignetting remaining
Low Distortion
At a maximum of 0.4% (pin cushion), distortion is so low, it's practically imperceptible
Apochromatic Correction
Lens' apochromatic correction reduces chromatic aberration on sharp edges to deliver the most natural rendition of each detail. The result? You enjoy the best possible reproduction results at any and all print sizes
Special Glass Construction
To enable such apochromatic correction, which produces a common focusing plane for 3 light wavelengths, 3 of the 8 lens elements are constructed of glass with high anomalous partial color dispersion, while 2 of the remaining 5 feature a high refractive index. Specially-formulated glasses based upon original creations of the former Leitz glass lab have been integrated expertly into this lens
Unparalleled Image Quality Throughout The Focus Range
In the rear group, the first lens' aspherical surface works to minimize spherical aberration and flatten the image field. Optical construction is Gaussian type, while the arrangement of lens elements resembles that of the Summilux-M 1:1.4/35 mm ASPH. This group, located behind the diaphragm, comprises the floating element that moves independently of the others in focusing, ensuring that the lens delivers incredible image quality throughout its focus range--even at the closer focusing distances
Trumps The Summicron-M 1:2/50mm
With a compact body only slightly longer and heavier than the Summicron-M 1:2/50mm, and with an almost identical diameter, this lens delivers noticeably superior image quality
How It's Done
This groundbreaking lens is the culmination of 150 years of hard work on the part of Leica. APO-Summicron-M 50mm owes its unparalleled performance to the perfect interaction of all design and construction elements--from optical calculation to selection of materials to highly sophisticated and elaborate manufacturing and finishing. Constructed completely by hand in Germany
UPC: 799429111410
Focal Length 50 mm
Angle of View Diagonal: 47°
Horizontal: 40°
Vertical: 27°

With Leica M8 models:
Diagonal: 36°
Horizontal: 30°
Vertical: 20°
Elements/Groups 8 elements in 5 groups
Entrance Position of entrance pupil from bayonet flange: 0.96" (24.4 mm)
Focus Range 2.3' (0.7 m) - infinity
Scales Combined meter / graduation
Smallest Object Field Approx. 10.9 x 16.4" (277 x 416 mm)
With Leica M8 models: 8.0 x 12" (203 x 305 mm)
Iris Blades 11
Reproduction Ratio Max.: Approx. 1:11.3
Aperture f/2.0 - f/16
Prefix with click-stops, half steps
Mount Type Leica M quick-change bayonet
Lens Hood Built-in, extendable by rotating
Filter Mount Female thread for screw-on E39 filters, non-rotating
Dimensions (Diam. x L) Approx. 2.1 x 1.9" (53 x 47 mm)
Weight Approx. 0.66 lb (0.30 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.5 x 7.5 x 6.25"
Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Lens
  • Metal Cap For APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Lens
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Leather Case
  • E39 Lens Cap
  • Presentation Box
  • 3-Year Passport Warranty
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    LeicaAPO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Lens
     
    5.0

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Consistent output (4)
    • Durable (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Easily interchangeable (3)
    • Strong construction (3)

    Cons

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    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Travel (3)
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    5.0

    Exemplary Lens

    By Mark

    from Chicago, IL, USA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Optical quality

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Walkabout

    Comments about Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Lens:

    I traditionally have been a Canon DSLR user. With my move over the last couple of years to more manual lenses (typically the more recent Zeiss offerings on the Canon mount) and a desire to find high quality small systems I can take traveling, my road led me to Leica. My only use of this lens has been on a Sony A7II camera body with a Voigtlander Close-Focus adaptor so my thoughts here will be on the lens itself and its marriage with the Sony body.

    Everything about the build of the lens lives up to the Leica reputation - exemplary in all respects save two comments. The aperture ring is a bit too loose and one can knock it to a different setting unexpectedly or without knowing. Secondly, and this may be matter of preference after using Zeiss for years, but I could have used a bit more throw to dial in focus with more precision.

    The mating of the lens with Voigtlander on the Sony is a great thing. One of the Achilles' Heel of all Leica systems has been their long minimum-focus distance. With the adaptor, you can half your minimum focus distance. While still not in macro-magnification territory, you can obtain some reasonably close (~0.4m) shooting distances. The lens, adaptor and camera all fit together very snuggly, minimal movement and no light leakage.

    Performance of this lens is already well known, stellar, peerless as many have said. Usage on the Sony is generally exceptional with the lens really singing over the vast majority of the frame. It is a true feat to have a lens with such optical precision yet have a pleasing bokeh (see the flower picture). The lens is every bit as sharp wide-open as many lenses are at their best. Fringing is also well controlled as is the flare - if there was a problem with flare at launch, it has been addressed.

    However, the very extreme corners of the frame do experience marginal (splitting hairs here) softening. The Zeiss Otus 55mm had consistently sharper corners at the same apertures. It should be noted that this lens is not optimized for the Sony sensor, I have read that there are panes of glass on the Sony sensor that given the distance or proximity to the rear element of the lens, cause this softness for Leica-to-Sony adapted lenses. The shorter focal-length lenses having more difficulties up to and including discoloration issues. The 50mm Leica lenses seem to be just on the edge of having no impact. I would say for a lens such as the Noctilux, this would be a non-issue given its corner performance - but the APO is an unforgiving lens. Again, extreme corner performance we are talking about here.

    Overall, this tiny lens packs quite the performance - it's really quite impressive actually. I would caution others that using this lens on a Sony body as cheap substitute to a Leica body will not avail the full capability of the lens nor the Sony sensor given their respective designs. No free lunches... However, the handing and usage of the lens on the Sony make a great combination, particularly with the focus-peaking and magnification. Highly recommended lens!

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    5.0

    A lot of technical in a small package.

    By David C. Baker

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Lens:

      When I put this on my 240 and walk outside the hotel to capture images, I feel like I'm holding a camera. When I dissect the images back i the hotel room, I feel like I'm looking at a better version of reality than exists. I do love the natural light falloff of the f/0.95, but for perfect images with contrast and clarity, this is the best lens I've shot with on my Leica.

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      5.0

      The Perfect 50mm

      By Gleica

      from DC

      Comments about Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Lens:

      Absolutely the sharpest lens. Beautiful in every way.

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      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Expensive BUT Worth Every Penny

      By Chadwick C

      from Vancouver, BC

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Lens:

          Leica is not cheap , definitely not the best bang for your buck . However being a long time Leica user , and shooting Noctilux , Summilux 50 for few years. I came across this lens . Now it is my favorite lens, sharpness all corners, colors , vignetting is just way better than the other lens, even Noctilux . Leica has perfected this lens which no other manufacturer has . Not only it is a keeper , I am sure it will go up in value . I have used this lens on M9-P , MonoChrom , and M240 . I sense this lens go beyond M240's limit.

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          (8 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          An outstanding lens in all aspects

          By Markie

          from Philly, PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Lens:

            A lightweight lens with extraordinary optics (by report tests) and real-world capture by me. The feel, fit and finish of the lens is beyond all my very high expectations. I appreciate the fancy metal lens cover and lockable built-in lens hood. This is one piece of glass I KNOW will be in my camera back for LIFE. I am in the unique position to own both the new 50mm summilux and the 50mm 0.95 noctilux. And therefore, able to compare. [There is a great youtube video by Steve Huff showing this comparison as well]. Of the three 50's, the summilux is probably the most "reasonable" when it comes to price vs optics. The weight of the noctilux is very high compared to the other two. The noctilux does have some chromatic aberration that I have not seen on this lens. But, of course, the noctilux out performs the others in the near darkness. At the present time, this lens is still "new" for me. I have tried it on the Monochrom and M9 so far. The M 240 will be next. I will need a longer period of time to experiment with this new APO summicron version, however, I am certain that it's great advertizing claims will be born out in the end. While I am still in shock over the uber-high price, I do not believe I will EVER have buyer's remorse.If you have the opportunity to try this lens, DON'T!!! It will be very hard to return it due to it's favorable size, weight, and optics. YOU WILL WANT TO BUY IT. The price tag is very steep and the wait is still very long. [Mine was 6 months]. If, on the other hand, you ARE in the market for such a beast, think no more...venture no further...you have found near perfection!

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            5.0

            My Wife hate this lens!

            By Nuttawut

            from bsngkok, Thailand

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Pricy

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Lens:

            I've just got my APO 50 Sumicron in June 2013. Try it with my old M9 and new M 240 and my friends' M Monochrome. I love my 50 Sumilux, but this new APO 50 is so unbelievably good. Soft bokeh, nice contrast, and super sharp. My wife hates this lens, too many wrinkles on her photo! No wonder, it's very hard to get one in the market. Must have!

            Nuttawut
            Bangkok

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            (10 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            image consistency and clarity

            By Rangefinder

            from New York, NY

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Photography
              • Portraits
              • Studio
              • Traveling

              Comments about Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Lens:

              Could it cost less? Probably not.

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