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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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What is the difference with this lens and the ...

What is the difference with this lens and the Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens that has the lens hood that is attached?
Asked by: CHINA
Optically, both lenses are exactly the same. Physically, there are a couple differences: The Black Chrome version is made of brass instead of aluminum on the "regular" black version. The hood keeps its original 1959 design and can be taken off, which will allow the user to add a filter. The design does not allow the lens to have a filter and the lens hood at the same time, without an adjustment from the Leica team in Germany (must be sent to Wetzlar to proceed with this adjustment). Distance markings are in red (vs yellow on the "regular" black version) Has a special scalloped focus ring Filter size is 43mm vs 46mm on the "regular" black version. It's definitely a beauty! Great for anyone wanting a special design on a classic everyday lens.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2023-01-31

has anyone used it on a Nikon Z7?

has anyone used it on a Nikon Z7?
Asked by: Jorge
This would not be compatible with the Nikon Z7 mount. You would need to use this adapter:
Answered by: David
Date published: 2019-11-12

Can this lens be used with Leica M8? And if so, ...

Can this lens be used with Leica M8? And if so, any limitations?
Asked by: A
Yes, the Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH works with the Leica M8.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2022-08-10


what lens filter can I use?
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.
Answered by: Roger E.
Date published: 2022-01-19

How is this latest version optically different ...

How is this latest version optically different from the one prior version that was slightly longer?
Asked by: Roy
OK, I found the answer to my question directly from an expert at Leica thanks to B&H for providing me a number to call. The answer is, the current 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH is exactly the same optical design as the first version that came out 2004, which initially did not have the 6-bit coding. This is the 11891 model, designed by Peter Karbe. The pre-2004 version was a Mandler design. Although not called APO, this version of the Summilux is an APO design. That's it.
Answered by: Roy
Date published: 2023-03-22

With this lens (MFR #11715) could you mount a ...

With this lens (MFR #11715) could you mount a 43mm filter from say Leica and also mount the lens hood that comes with this lens?
Asked by: John
Yes, the Round Metal Lens Hood is included in the box of Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens (Black-Chrome Edition, Made in Portugal) mounts on the lens bayonet while the 43mm filter screw is on the front inner threads of the lens.
Answered by: llinelva
Date published: 2021-08-18

When does this lens was launched?

When does this lens was launched?
Asked by: JZE
According to Ken Rockwell it was 2004. I have had one since 2011, I believe it might be the best portrait lens ever made by anyone due to its incredibly realistic drawing and equally incredible bokeh.
Answered by: richard
Date published: 2022-11-03

Could I use third party filter on this len? I ...

Could I use third party filter on this len? I heard the len incompatible with third party filter.
Asked by: Johnny
This lens is compatible with third party filters such as this one.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-03-17
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