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

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

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

B&H # LE5014MAS MFR # 11892
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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'
  • Filter Thread: 46mm
  • Built-In Extendable Lens Hood
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Color: Silver

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

  • 1Description

Designed as a reference lens for the M-mount system, the silver 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.
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Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens (Silver)
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap for M-Mount Lenses
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

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

    Focal Length 50mm
    Maximum Aperture f/16
    Minimum Aperture f/1.4
    Lens Mount 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 46mm
    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 1.49 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.9 x 4.8 x 4.65"

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

    Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens (Silver) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 57.
    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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    Can this lens be mounted on a Canon 5D Mark II?What will be the differences in colors from this lens and characteristics compared to a Canon?
    Asked by: Jane s.
    Unfortunately, no, we do not carry any lens mount adapters that would allow you to attach a Leica M-mount lens onto the Canon EF lens mount.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    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: 2018-08-27

    question

    Can this lens used by upcoming Leica T, what function would Leica T lose by using this lens instead of T mount lens?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    You would need the Leica M-Adapter-T for Leica T Camera (B&H # LEMAT) in order to mount the 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M lens onto the Leica T. With the adapter you would retain exposure metering, aperture priority AE, and manual setting capability.
    Answered by: Christina S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Hi. Just got the lens. New. Does the aperture ring, when opening at 1.4, does it goes a little further? Like if it had an extra stop?
    Asked by: Juan Carlos Josue H.
    The aperture ring can go a little beyond the f/1.4 clickstop, or a little beyond f/16 (or f/22) at the other end. Some lenses do this and others don't, depending on how the aperture ring is tensioned. It's nothing to be concerned about IMO.
    Answered by: David K.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

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    Can I use with my 246 monochrome as the Leica Normal 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit, Updated for Digital) - Black?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes. The Leica 50mm Summilux-M f/1.4 ASPH. Black chrome limited-edition is a perfect match for the black chrome Leica M Monochrom Typ 246. The lens designer, Peter Karbe, says it is actually an APO design, so its outstanding performance is expected. What I like that is reminiscent of the 1959 design is the knurled focusing ring instead of a tab like the E46 50mm Summilux-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 this week.
    Answered by: Roger E.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    question

    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: 2018-08-26

    question

    Does this lens have a floating lens element?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    There are two models shown at B&H for 50mm Summilux; #11891 and #11688. One is black, while the other is black chrome. The specs listed in the details list each as having FLE. Check this before ordering, but evidently this is not highlighted b/c it is not offered in non-FLE as an ASPH lens.
    Answered by: Paul K.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    I'm looking for to use Leica Summilux on Panasonic GH4. Has anyone owned or used it on Pansonic that can give me how its performance on the Panasonic body? I just return the Leica SuperElmar 21mm b/c it's not clear as the Panasonic Leica Nocticron 1.2 on the Panasonic GH4 body. Thanks all.
    Asked by: Dustin H.
    It looks like a novoflex adapter exists for this application. Google Novoflex adapter finder .
    Answered by: Paul K.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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