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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.
UPC: 022243118915

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 Size46 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 Weight1.21 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.9 x 4.7 x 4.6"

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

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!!!

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.

It's a classic.

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-14

No longer the sharpest in the lineup, but still a beloved classic. Incredible bokeh wide open.

I finally took the plunge

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-25

I’ve been debating getting this lens for a very long time, and I’m very glad I did. I think what held me back was a handful of the negative reviews about how the hood didn’t fit with a filter on. While this is true, I’ve found there isn’t really a need for every day street photography. The only reason I used hoods in the past was to protect the lens and an occasional heavy sunshine day, but my filter has got the lens protected so I don’t have a need for a hood. As far as the lens itself goes, it’s seriously a work of art and is pretty hefty for its size, a big chunk of well sculpted brass. Anyway, if you’ve been holding off due to the hood issue you might want to reconsider. Once this is sold out it’s only going to become more collectible.

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).

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Asked by: JZE
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Asked by: Bohdan
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Asked by: Scott
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Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2022-04-07

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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: 2021-11-28

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Is there a protective filter that will fit this lens and still allow you to use the lens hood?
Asked by: Robert
Yes. Any of Leica's 46mm filters work perfectly with it and do not impede with pulling out the lens hood. For the UVa II filter, that would be B&H # LEUVAIIE46B, Leica cat# 13033 in black.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2021-11-28

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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
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Date published: 2021-08-18

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: https://bhpho.to/2CFlfRz
Answered by: David
Date published: 2019-11-12
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