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Leica Normal 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit, Updated for Digital) - Black

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In the category of high speed standard lenses, this handy universal lens has a world-wide reputation for the highest optical performance. With outstanding imaging quality even at the closest focusing range. It is available in black anodized finish and in silver chrome finish. Includes a built in slide out lens hood.

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
The "classic" choice for an M-Leica normal lens
Filter Size 39mm
f/Stop Range 2-16
Minimum Focus Distance 2.3'
Magnification 1:11.5
Zoom/Focus Control Not applicable
Angle of View 45 Degrees
Groups/Elements 4/6
Length 1.7"
Maximum Diameter 2.1"
Weight 0.53 lb
Leica Normal 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit, Updated for Digital) - Black
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    Leica50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black
     
    5.0

    (based on 19 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (15)
    • Lightweight (13)
    • Consistent output (12)
    • Durable (11)
    • Nice bokeh (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (14)
      • Low light (11)
      • Night photography (6)
      • Portraits (4)
      • Weddings (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      "The Sweet Spot"

      By Air force 1

      from Geneva, Switzerland

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

        This lens associated on a Leica M-P 24mp digital gives just outstanding results. Color, details, razor sharpness, are just a few of the arguments that makes this lens worth having for a lifetime.I do wonder if it's worth looking at the APO-50mm version since this "classical 50mm Summicron" is already so Good! I tested both and bought the "Classical Cron".-----------------------

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful lens

        By Eric

        from Boston

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

            A perfect product! Simplicity itself.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Almost perfect

            By Pablo

            from Santiago, Chile

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Razor-sharp
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Portrait
              • Street and travel

              Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

              This tiny masterpiece is super-sharp edge to edge even wide open as well as distortion-free. Having used many 50mm lenses, if you don't need faster speeds such f1.4, this one is perfect. The only drawback for me is the lack of focus tab, but anyway, the ergonomics and size are excellent...highly recommended.

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              5.0

              One of my favorite lenses

              By KRP

              from Fort Wayne, IN

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fantastic contrast
              • Fantastic Saturation
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction
              • Very Sharp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraits
                • Street photography
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                The Summicron 50mm is an awesome lens. It is well made and extremely sharp. It is almost as sharp at f/2 as it is at f/8. I have the tendency to shoot it wide open a lot to utilize the shallow depth of field.

                The only thing I would change about the lens would be to add the finger notch like the Summicron 35mm has. It would be a nice addition to the lens and would be about the only thing that I would change about it.

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                5.0

                Awesome Lens.

                By GM

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                  My favorite lens for my Canon 5D II is a 50mm. When I received the Leica M Monochrom, my first choice was a 50mm lens. This lens is excellent -- amazing images.

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding Lense

                  By Jim

                  from Texas

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                    Very clear even wide open. Light weight. Great choice.

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                    5.0

                    stellar 'normal' lens

                    By Litchfield traveler

                    from Woodbury, CT

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                      Excellent 'normal' lens for Leica M cameras: sharp, good contrast, light & small.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best lens I've ever used

                      By dcancel

                      from Cambridge, MA

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                        I originally had bought the 35mm Summicron but was missing the 50mm focal length. I bought this lens and it's magical. It's the best lens I've ever used and my personal favorite. I never use another lens on my M9-P anymore.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Lens

                        By Larry

                        from Chicago

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Streetscapes

                        Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                        I am an avid amateur photographer experienced with the best photo gear available - this lens is top shelf. Seeing is believing. Worth every penny.

                        Compact, natural placement of focus and aperture rings, and produces excellent images.

                        No complaints.

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Amazing sharpness and candor

                        By nicusor

                        from Dallas, TX

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                          True to everything you've read about Leica, this lens delivers exactly what you expect.

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Perfect companion for Leica M

                          By Jin

                          from Toronto, ON

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Light
                          • Optical quality
                          • Rugged
                          • Small
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Built in hood too small

                          Best Uses

                          • Low Light
                          • Portraits
                          • Street

                          Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                          Solid construction, luxurious finishing, and laser precision optics.. This piece of gem exudes quality.

                          Its small size matches wonderfully with the Leica MP and provides unparalleled image quality while remaining under radar of most people.

                          Its smooth operation only enhances already incredible experience the lens provides while the detailed depth of field engravings and distance markings make zone focusing leaps and bounds easier than its DSLR counterparts.

                          The only complaint I have is the built in hood, which I'd rather replace with a clip-on or a screw-on hood.

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                          5.0

                          Summicrons are the Best

                          By shoot crons

                          from US

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Comfort
                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Image quality
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Price
                          • Rugged
                          • Sharp
                          • speed
                          • Strong Construction
                          • Weight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                            Ok, I've had summilux's, elmarit's and even the noctilux. I'll spare you and just say, summicrons are by far the best bang for your buck and what you want on the camera.

                            They offer speed, comfort, feel, image quality...They essentially give you everything without sacrifice. Yeah, a nocticlux is faster, but it is HUGE!. If you want that, shoot a canon. Leica's are meant to be discrete to capture the moment.

                            Alott of buying and selling leica lenses taught me this. Currently, I have three lenses and I feel that's all I ever need for the leica. I could really get by with just this one. I have the 21mm elmarit, 35 summicron asph and this 50 summicron.

                            Again, the summilux are nice but for the price and weight, these crons are great.

                            ps, I know I clicked "fast/accurate auto-focus." I can track things decent with my M. I'm actually quicker than my 5DII.

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                            5.0

                            Wow.

                            By SDC

                            from San Francisco, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Great Bokeh
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                              Disclaimer: I'm a Canon DSLR user that had a wonderful opportunity to borrow a Leica M9 with this beautiful lens for about 10 days so my experience is somewhat limited in comparison to an actual owner of this lens.

                              With that out of the way, I know for certainty that one day I will find a way to justify purchasing an M9 just to use this lens. Seriously. The bokeh is just marvelous and the lens is fantastically sharp wide open. The background and foreground just simply disappear.

                              I also took a few shots at f/8 set at the hyperfocal distance (zone focusing) and actually took some of my favorite shots of my trip around Asia this way. It helped simplify things for a beginner manual shooter like myself.

                              The colors the lens captures are really vivid. My Canon shots from the same trip are literally pale in comparison -- there's something more dead, dry and stale about those shots.

                              If you've never shot with a Leica M9, this is a fantastic lens to start with. Great focal length, a big enough aperture to give you a little room for error with manual focus but still big enough to great fluffy, creamy, luscious bokeh. Can't wait until the day I own an M9 and this lens!

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                              (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              My favorite Leica 50mm

                              By FG

                              from Long Island, NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                                I waited a long time to try this lens out. Finally, B&H had this lens in stock and I quickly bought it after losing out a few times. My copy is perfect. Has a nice smooth but well dampened focus and extra firm positive aperture clicks. The slide out hood is smooth but very stable and provides good protection from the front lens element. I also own the Summilux Asph and to be quite honest I prefer the Summicron. I am not a big fan of the focus tab on the Lux. Surprisingly, the Lux also has a shorter focus throw than the Summicron. Focusing with the Cron is much easier and quicker too. The Lux is definitely slightly sharper in the center, but the Summicron outpreforms the Lux in the far corners at F/2-F/2.8. Bokeh from the Summicron isn't as smooth as the Lux, but it's not nasty either. Honestly, you cannot go wrong with this lens in the 50mm focal length. I've read that the build quality of the 50mm Zeiss ZM Planar is equal to the Summicron. Baloney! the Summicron is much better made and yes, I've tried the Zeiss as well.

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                                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Perfect performer

                                By hakob

                                from Yerevan, Republic of Armenia

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                                    Perfect lens in any aspect. Beautiful image qualities are perfectly combined with exceptional built quality. You must have one to realize what it is. I'd say: it gives smooth, delicate images and it's absolutely sharp starting from the f2! But this sharpness is not rude, it doesn't 'abrasive' in it. I've owned/tested so many 50mm lenses/not Leica ones/ and this one leaves them all so far behind..

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                                    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Cream of the cream

                                    By graphicjoe

                                    from Placitas New Mexico

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Rugged
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Odd size E39 filters
                                    • Odd size E39 lens caps

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                                      This lens on my M9 is certainly among the world's best picture making machines. The weight and size create a fine balance when attached to the M9. It produces all of the fine qualities that people talk about when they are trying to describe the "Leica look." Out of focus area looks good--smooth gradient of tones from center to edges of image. Not everyone agrees, but I like the slide out lens hood; it can't get lost, and it's always ready to use. If I had to choose one camera and one lens it would be an M9 with this lens. If permitted, I would also add a 35 mm asph.

                                      I haven't identified any negatives about this lens, except price. But this is one of those few products that quickly takes on a legendary quality. Why get something second rate when you can have best for not too much more. Cream floats whereas certain other products sink out of sight.

                                      Be careful not to loose the lens cap. E39 snap in lens caps cost about $30+ and often have to be ordered. Only Leica would design a lens that requires an odd sized lens cap. On the other hand, if that is the only fault that I can come up with, we are talking about a super lens.

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                                      5.0

                                      Wonderfully sharp

                                      By garyabq

                                      from Albuquerque, New Mexico

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Focus is easy intuitive
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Nice Bokeh
                                      • Rugged
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                                        I have a Noctilux lens which remarkably gathers in too much light to be useful in normal sunlight conditions. So I bought this 50 Summicron lens to use as my everyday lens (a task once held by my 28 Summicron). All I can say is WOW! This lens is tied for sharpest along with my 28 Summicron. You would have to force yourself to take a bad picture with this lens. And you still get the "Leica look" as well -- sharp in the focus area, fading to smooth cream around the edges with a very nice glow. And one other bonus with this lens: the focus is a full ring around the lens and not the little notched handle as my 28 Summicron has. The ring around the lens is much more ergonomic and intuitive. At [$] this lens is not cheap but it's the least expensive fast lens that Leica offers.

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                                        5.0

                                        a keeper!

                                        By klinerm

                                        from Charleston, SC

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                                        Pros

                                        • Ergonomic
                                        • Impeccable images
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Nice Bokeh
                                        • Rugged
                                        • Small size
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                                            I bought this as the first lens for my M9 thinking I was making a compromise because the Summilux was (is) unavailable. I have been so pleased with the images it produces that I'm already thinking that even when I get a Summilux, I won't be able to let this one go. This lens on the M9 fits easily in a fleece pocket, and you can truly sometimes forget it's there. How can it get any better?

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                                            5.0

                                            Sharp, Small, and Solid

                                            By Josh

                                            from Tampa, FL

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                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Portraits
                                              • Travel

                                              Comments about Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron M Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit) - Black:

                                              This 50mm Summicron is used on my Leica M8.2 for travel, portraits, and general photography. The quality build is immediately noticed from the solid construction of the lens. When used the aperture and focusing mechanisms are perfect. Not too smooth, not too tight. Focus is tack sharp and the rendition is exceptional. Wide open it's sharp with great bokeh, stopped down it doesn't get any sharper. Very little if any sharpening is applied to my RAW files. At [$], it's not a cheap lens but it is probably one of the best deals you can get for a Leica lens.

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