Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens (Black-Chrome Edition)

Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens (Black-Chrome Edition)

Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens (Black-Chrome Edition)

B&H # LE5014MAB MFR # 11688
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Product Highlights

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Aspherical and One Floating Element
  • Anomalous Partial Dispersion Glass
  • High Refractive Index Glass
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 2.3'
  • Design Reminiscent of 1959 Edition
  • Includes Round Lens Hood and Metal Cap
  • Limited Edition of 500
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  • 1Description

Resembling its predecessor from 1959, the black-chrome edition Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens features a unique matte black finish along with a classic exterior design akin to the first production run of this renowned lens. While recalling its past on the outside, this edition is also characterized by its contemporary optical design that incorporates one aspherical element and one floating element, as well as elements made from anomalous partial dispersion and high refractive index glasses. This sophisticated construction helps to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions throughout the focusing and aperture ranges, which contribute to high overall sharpness and clarity. Further benefitting the lens' overall versatility, the fast f/1.4 maximum aperture also aids in working in difficult lighting conditions as well as offers greater control over focus for shallow depth of field techniques. Pairing a classic outer design with innovative optical components, this black-chrome edition is the epitome of Leica's penchant for mixing both form and function.

As part of a limited edition of 500 pieces, this black-chrome finish Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens features a matte black exterior as well as an outer design that resembles the first edition of this lens from 1959. Other distinct design elements include a scalloped focusing ring, red-colored focusing distance scale in feet, and a finely-knurled aperture ring. In addition to the unique appearance of the lens, this edition also includes a metal front lens cap as well as a metal round lens hood.
One aspherical element and one floating element are incorporated within the optical design, along with anomalous partial dispersion and high refractive index glass elements, to control aberrations and distortions at all aperture and focus positions.
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working with selective focus and shallow depth of field techniques, as well as working in difficult lighting conditions.
Manual focus design provides a minimum focusing distance of 2.3' with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:11.3.
UPC: 799429116880
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Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens (Black-Chrome Edition)
  • Round Metal Lens Hood
  • Metal Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap for M-Mount Lenses xvqewyfvzdetwuqausryrabxxrf
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Leica 11688 specs

    Focal Length 50mm
    Maximum Aperture f/16
    Minimum Aperture f/1.4
    Camera Mount Type Leica M
    Angle of View 47°
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' / 70 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:11.3
    Optical Design 8 Elements in 5 Groups
    Filter Thread 43mm
    Dimensions : 2.1 x L: 2.1" / : 52.5 x L: 53.5 mm
    Weight 11.8 oz / 335.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.8 x 4.9 x 4.8"

    Leica 11688 reviews

    Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens (Black-Chrome Edition) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 53.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from just wonderful 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).
    Date published: 2011-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens, limited and in good price I believe this lens is really spectacular. The DOF is great, the bokeh is awesome. It outperforms my 35mm Summicrom by far. Outstanding luminosity and impressive quality. It was a ritual for me to open the box and discover the lens in its case inside. The only downside as of today is that you can not attach the lens hood while using a uv filter (or any threade filter). The design of the hood does not permit a filter. The only exception of the above is the discontinued model 13206. Very hard and expensive to find used. Other than that is a great product and the fact that it is a limited model adds a special cosmetic value.
    Date published: 2016-02-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Probably the best 50mm lens ever made. 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.
    Date published: 2010-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens This is a very good lens. It's very compact for a 50F1.4, especially if you have been shooting with a full frame SLR. Although small, the lens is very solid and feels relatively heavy. Focussing is very smooth and easy. I find myself using the focussing tab almost all of the time. The aperture is very smooth. I could actually stand a little more resistance, as it is easy to change inadvertently. The images from this lens are very sharp, out of focus is smooth and soft, and color accuracy is very good. Distortion is nonexistent. Unless you can drop $10k on the Noctilux, this should be an essential part of any M system. I have used a variable ND filter for shooting wide open in bright daylight. That has been a useful accessory.
    Date published: 2016-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Probably the best 50mm production lens 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.
    Date published: 2008-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never should have sold it! 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.
    Date published: 2011-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first Leica lens Coming from a fine Canon 5DIII with L lenses I was surprised by the compactness and superior quality of the images this lens produces. I can now focus as fast or faster than auto focus and for once actually focus on the exact spot I want.. The clarity and pop of the image from edge to edge is fantastic. I cant believe how rusty I was getting, and sloppy too, using Canons auto mode..
    Date published: 2016-05-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best standard M lens. 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.
    Date published: 2009-11-26
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