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

BH #LE5014MAB • MFR #11688
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens (Black-Chrome Edition)
Key Features
  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Aspherical and One Floating Element
  • Anomalous Partial Dispersion Glass
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.
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Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Overview

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

Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountLeica M
Angle of View47°
Minimum Focus Distance2.3' / 70 cm
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:11.3
Optical Design8 Elements in 5 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Filter Size43 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.1 x 2.1" / 52.5 x 53.5 mm
Weight11.8 oz / 335 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.56 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.85 x 4.7 x 4.7"

Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Reviews

Sharp, light lens!

By Tom
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-20

Very sharp! I use on my M6 and my M11! I've discovered I'm a 50mm man. Usually the only lens I carry. Light, sharp and easy. I highly recommend!

Dood...

By Stephen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-21

Awesome lens. I am getting adaptors for my Sony bodies just to be able to use this lens outside of the Leica world. Too juicy!!

The best 50mm I've used.

By Chad
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-01

I love this lens for taking photos of people. Typical Leica quality. The only downside to this lens is that that the bokeh can have some ninja stars at certain apertures and very specific lighting conditions (super bright bokeh balls).

Beautiful lens producing outstanding images

By Jerry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-04

I purchased the Black-Chrome edition of the Summilux 50mm with the matte black finish. It's nicely weighted/well balanced on my M10r. It's a beautiful lens. According to the literature, this is a limited 500 piece run. Although a hefty price for a lens, I'm sure it will appreciate in value over the years and after several photoshoots, I found it one of the best Leica M lenses I have ever used. The resulting pics look great. I see no chromatic aberrations or distortions. I've used it for portraits and the images are sharp with that distinct 'Leica look'. The lens comes with a matching metal lens hood that complements the black matte finish and classic look of the lens. The lens hood stores away on the lens in the backward position. You need to press the two lens hood tabs to release it, turn it around, align it properly, and press the tabs again to mount it on the lens. It was a little awkward at first, but I got used to aligning the lens hood to where it mates with the lens. The lens was on backorder but became available within a couple of days. As usual, great job of packaging and timely shipping by B&H. I love this lens!

Unreal clarity

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-18

Even wide open in bright daylight the level of clarity and the amount of contrast is amazing. Clearly the Portugal manufacturing process is equal to the German one.

Unreal clarity

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-18

Even wide open in bright daylight the level of clarity and the amount of contrast is amazing. Clearly the Portugal manufacturing process is equal to the German one.

Wonderful lens!!!

By Tom
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-14

Added this to the lenses for my Leica M9-P, great quality as always, so worth the rather higher cost of the brand... and they keep getting more expensive, so....

Just amazing!

By Ben
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-16

I just love this lens and leave it on 90% of the time- I do practice with it and that's vital- but the results are well worth it! Get this lens!!!

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Asked by: Allen M.
One drawback about this incredible lens is that you cannot mount the lens hood with a 43mm filter attached to the lens. I have suggested a solution to Leica, which they are considering, but in the meantime, you can do the following. From B&H, order a Heliopan 40.5-43mm step-up ring (#270). It is 4mm x 45mm. Lay it flat on a piece of medium grit sand paper so that you can sand it to the finished size of 3mm x 45mm, and it will fit perfectly inside the outer prongs lens hood. You can now screw any 43mm filter into the Heliopan step up ring. Screw the filter into the step-up ring mounted on the lens hood before you mount the lens hood on the lens itself so you do not damage the front element of the lens. This may sound complicated, but it's not. I will post some photographs on the Leica Forum website.
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