Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Lens

Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Lens

Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Lens

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  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range f/2 to f/16
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 2.3'
  • Filter Thread: 39mm
  • Built-In Extendable Lens Hood
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A versatile all-around lens, the Summicron-M 50mm f/2 from Leica is a normal-length prime featuring a fast f/2 maximum aperture to benefit working in low-light as well as offering greater control over depth of field. A six elements, four groups optical design provides even brightness and sharpness across the image frame, and also helps to virtually eliminate distortion for clean, natural rendering. Beyond its optical performance, the lens is also compact for everyday use, its manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 2.3', and it has a built-in expandable lens hood to prevent lens flare and ghosting.

Versatile normal-length lens features a bright f/2 maximum aperture that benefits working in difficult lighting conditions as well as offers increased control over depth of field.
Six elements in four groups optical design promotes even edge-to-edge illumination and sharpness, as well as high contrast at all aperture positions.
Manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 2.3' away with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:11.5.
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 39mm screw-in filters.
UPC: 022243118267
In the Box
Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Lens
  • 39E Lens Cap for 50mm f/2.0 M
  • Rear Lens Cap for M-Mount Lenses
  • Leather Lens Case
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Focal Length 52.3mm
    Aperture f/2 to f/16
    Camera Mount Type Leica M
    Angle of View 47°
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' / 70 cm
    Reproduction Ratio 1:11.5
    Optical Design 6 elements in 4 groups
    Diaphragm Blades Not specified by manufacturer
    Focus Manual
    Filter Thread 39 mm
    Dimensions 1.7 x 2.1" / 43.5 x 53 mm
    Weight 8.5 oz / 240 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.9 x 4.7 x 4.6"
    Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Lens is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp, Small, and Solid This 50mm Summicron is used on my Leica M8.2 for travel, portraits, and general photography. The quality build is immediately noticed from the solid construction of the lens. When used the aperture and focusing mechanisms are perfect. Not too smooth, not too tight. Focus is tack sharp and the rendition is exceptional. Wide open it's sharp with great bokeh, stopped down it doesn't get any sharper. Very little if any sharpening is applied to my RAW files. At $, it's not a cheap lens but it is probably one of the best deals you can get for a Leica lens.
    Date published: 2010-02-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect companion for Leica M Solid construction, luxurious finishing, and laser precision optics.. This piece of gem exudes quality. Its small size matches wonderfully with the Leica MP and provides unparalleled image quality while remaining under radar of most people. Its smooth operation only enhances already incredible experience the lens provides while the detailed depth of field engravings and distance markings make zone focusing leaps and bounds easier than its DSLR counterparts. The only complaint I have is the built in hood, which I'd rather replace with a clip-on or a screw-on hood.
    Date published: 2012-05-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully sharp I have a Noctilux lens which remarkably gathers in too much light to be useful in normal sunlight conditions. So I bought this 50 Summicron lens to use as my everyday lens (a task once held by my 28 Summicron). All I can say is WOW! This lens is tied for sharpest along with my 28 Summicron. You would have to force yourself to take a bad picture with this lens. And you still get the Leica look as well -- sharp in the focus area, fading to smooth cream around the edges with a very nice glow. And one other bonus with this lens: the focus is a full ring around the lens and not the little notched handle as my 28 Summicron has. The ring around the lens is much more ergonomic and intuitive. At $ this lens is not cheap but it's the least expensive fast lens that Leica offers.
    Date published: 2011-05-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sweet Spot This lens associated on a Leica M-P 24mp digital gives just outstanding results. Color, details, razor sharpness, are just a few of the arguments that makes this lens worth having for a lifetime.I do wonder if it's worth looking at the APO-50mm version since this classical 50mm Summicron is already so Good! I tested both and bought the Classical Cron.-----------------------
    Date published: 2015-04-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Summicrons are the Best Ok, I've had summilux's, elmarit's and even the noctilux. I'll spare you and just say, summicrons are by far the best bang for your buck and what you want on the camera. They offer speed, comfort, feel, image quality...They essentially give you everything without sacrifice. Yeah, a nocticlux is faster, but it is HUGE!. If you want that, shoot a canon. Leica's are meant to be discrete to capture the moment. Alott of buying and selling leica lenses taught me this. Currently, I have three lenses and I feel that's all I ever need for the leica. I could really get by with just this one. I have the 21mm elmarit, 35 summicron asph and this 50 summicron. Again, the summilux are nice but for the price and weight, these crons are great. ps, I know I clicked fast/accurate auto-focus. I can track things decent with my M. I'm actually quicker than my 5DII.
    Date published: 2012-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Probably the Best first Leica Lens you should get I have been shooting this lens for over 10yrs. I treated myself to a film MP tens yrs ago, and originally wanted to get a 50mm Summilux and a 28mm Elmarit. That was my budget. I ended up getting the 50mm & 28mm Summicron instead cause their was a waiting list and also read in Leica's own literature that the Summicron was sharper. I absolutely love this lens, and it is sharp......very sharp. I always avoided Leica because of the format. I was a 4x5, and Medium format film shooter, and 35mm seemed like going backwards. I have not touched my Medium Format equipment since purchasing my Leica gear. I primarily shoot the Leica for personal work, and shoot Nikon, Canon, Pentax, and Sony for everything else. If you get this lens you will not be sorry; however, you will lust after the current 50mm Summilux; because that's just how it goes.
    Date published: 2016-12-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from a keeper! I bought this as the first lens for my M9 thinking I was making a compromise because the Summilux was (is) unavailable. I have been so pleased with the images it produces that I'm already thinking that even when I get a Summilux, I won't be able to let this one go. This lens on the M9 fits easily in a fleece pocket, and you can truly sometimes forget it's there. How can it get any better?
    Date published: 2011-01-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Ever I bought my first Summicron f:2 in 1964; a collapsible version fitted to a IIIG. It was amazing. As the School Newspaper photographer I covered a lot of sports, and when I need to nave a closer view or a longer lens I simply enlarged and cropped. 48 years later I own the new, improved, rigid 6-bit version, and it's even better. COLORS are captured perfectly, and my personal art of never retouching or enhancing images for exhibits, etc.,Leica comes through perfectly. I appreciate that it is small and light weight. I prefer the focussing ring to the tab, and I esp. like the hood. Technically, this is LEICA'S very best value. No distortion, perfect color and contrast, astonishing sharpness. I see no image fall-off wide open, and images stay true from f:2.4 to f:11. I found my example, a demo-in-box at a reputable competitor of BH because used current 50mm Summicron's don't appear frequently. For now it's my on-camera choice, but I reserve the choice to return to the 35mm Summicron for many uses.
    Date published: 2015-09-01
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