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

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Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens (Black)
Key Features
  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Aspherical and One Floating Element
  • Anomalous Partial Dispersion Glass
Designed as a reference lens for the M-mount system, the black Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. from Leica is a versatile normal-length prime characterized by its bright maximum aperture and sophisticated optical design. Comprising eight elements in five groups, the lens features one aspherical element to reduce spherical aberrations and both anomalous partial dispersion and high refractive index glasses are used to control color fringing and chromatic aberrations for improved clarity. Additionally, a floating elements system is used to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range, down to 2.3'. Additionally, the lens features a built-in extendable lens hood and is threaded to accept 46mm screw-in filters.
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Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Overview

Designed as a reference lens for the M-mount system, the black Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. from Leica is a versatile normal-length prime characterized by its bright maximum aperture and sophisticated optical design. Comprising eight elements in five groups, the lens features one aspherical element to reduce spherical aberrations and both anomalous partial dispersion and high refractive index glasses are used to control color fringing and chromatic aberrations for improved clarity. Additionally, a floating elements system is used to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range, down to 2.3'. Additionally, the lens features a built-in extendable lens hood and is threaded to accept 46mm screw-in filters.

Versatile normal-length prime lens is characterized by a bright, fast f/1.4 maximum aperture to control depth of field for selective focus techniques, as well as to benefit working in low-light conditions.
One aspherical element is 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.
A rear floating element is employed to maintain consistent performance throughout the focusing range, even at the minimum focusing distance of 2.3'.
Built-in extendable lens hood shades and protects the front element to reduce lens flare and ghosting. Additionally, the front of the lens is threaded to accept 46mm screw-in filters.

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

Key Specs
Focal Length
50mm
Maximum Aperture
f/1.4
Lens Mount
Leica M
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Filter Size
46 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/1.4
Minimum Aperture
f/16
Lens Mount
Leica M
Angle of View
47°
Minimum Focus Distance
2.3' / 70 cm
Macro Reproduction Ratio
1:11.3
Optical Design
8 Elements in 5 Groups
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Filter Size
46 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
2.1 x 2.1" / 52.5 x 53.5 mm
Weight
11.8 oz / 335 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.21 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
4.9 x 4.7 x 4.6"

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

I'm Happy

By House
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-08-18

I just got the Summilux 50 1.4 ASPH FLE used from B&H. I'm not sure if my Summilux has a lot of character though. It doesn't produce much glow wide open, and I didn't see any other vintage style imperfections that people love. What I have noticed is that the lens is sharp with good contrast at f/1.4, which is a rare and valuable trait for a compact fast 50. Bokeh is the other stand-out feature of the Summilux. The lens has a unique bokeh rendering that just looks amazing. I saw obvious color fringing on some out-of-focus highlights at f/1.4, so the lens isn't perfect. The only other lens I own that's on the same level with the Summilux is the Sony 50 1.2 GM. The Summilux is the best lens I ever put on my M10. It's a brilliant design.

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!!!

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.

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!

Wonderful lens!!!

By Thomas
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....

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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. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/636455-REG/B_W_66_098994_46mm_Natural_Clear_007.html
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-03-17

What is the focus throw angle on the 50mm ...

What is the focus throw angle on the 50mm Summilux?
Asked by: Bohdan
The lens has about 90 degrees focusing throw.
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2020-10-01

does this lens come with a lens hood?

does this lens come with a lens hood?
Asked by: A
Yes - it is built in - you rotate the lens hood and pull out
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2022-08-05

Does this new version have a metal or plastic ...

Does this new version have a metal or plastic focusing tab?
Asked by: Kesham
The focusing ring of the Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens is metal, like the rest of the lens, but the focusing tab is plastic.
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2022-07-10

Is the Leica Sumilux-M 50MM 1.4 a 6 bit lens?

Is the Leica Sumilux-M 50MM 1.4 a 6 bit lens?
Asked by: Scott
Yes, all current Leica M lenses are 6 bit coded and have been since around 2006 when Leica started producing digital M cameras.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2022-04-07

question

I just got this lens and I absolutely loved it! But here is a question, is this lens weather/dust sealed?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, the Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux is weather/dust sealed.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2023-01-19

Is the pre asph version better for film Leica's?

Is the pre asph version better for film Leica's?
Asked by: Vladimir
Both digital and film cameras benefit from using pre-aspherical versions of lenses, as they offer a distinct character to the photographer’s images. That being said, pre-aspherical lenses will produce more distortions in the image compared to aspherical lens designs, which may be more visible with modern digital sensors.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2022-12-11
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