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Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Lens

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Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Lens
Key Features
  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range f/2 to f/16
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 2.3'
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.
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Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Overview

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

Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/2
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountLeica M
Angle of View47°
Minimum Focus Distance2.3' / 70 cm
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:11.5
Optical Design6 Elements in 4 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Filter Size39 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)1.7 x 2.1" / 43.5 x 53 mm
Weight8.5 oz / 240 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.9 x 4.7 x 4.6"

Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Reviews

Great lens

By kevin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-09

Maybe the person that gave this lens 2 stars needs to calibrate his rangefinder. This lens well built and produces sharp images wide open. Although it lacks the focus tab of other Leica lenses I don't have an issues with this as I do not zone focus with a 50mm.

Just Perfect

By Kaylen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-17

There’s a reason why the Leica and 50mm are so sought after. The combination is perfect. Don’t hesitate to buy this lens!

Liked it so much, bought a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 lens, too.

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-08

Bought this 50MM f/2 lens for my new M10R. Liked it so much that 2 days later I bought a fraternal twin Summicron 35MM f/2 lens from B&H Photo to go with it. With some good luck I even talked to the same B&H sales person. The lenses are a perfect match in function, quality and ease of use with the world class M10R. B&H is my photo equipment supplier.

No surprises

By Stephen
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-16

Cleanly sharp. Smooth focusing. Small and light. I really miss the thumb knob that used to grace all Leitz lenses.

Sharp and Compact

By Jules
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-04

Just what I expected; very sharp pictures; easy to focus; compact lens.

What else is there to say????

By Tom
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-19

Has to be the best 50mm lens I've ever shot with. I was a skeptic, but the images produced by this lovely lens are just amazing. Definitely worth the money.

Overpriced ' Not Sharp ' poor ergonomics '

By Justin
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-08

Let's start with the positive; its tiny, its light, its 'leica' - if money is sincerely no object....then get something better. Build quality: the aperture ring is far too easy to adjust. Even with my moderate sized hands - I find myself adjusting the aperture accidentally while I am focusing. Overpriced: This is just as expensive as the best of the best mirrorless lenses...you can get a sony a7c + 40 for the same price...pretty absurd imo. Not Sharp: Simply put - this lens is not sharp at anything higher than 5.6 and unless you have perfect lighting conditions... good luck getting a clean, noiseless image. Further, a 50 is impossible to focus on anything moving with the higher apertures..not that it matters because it won't be sharp. If you're okay with the 'quality' this lens provides...just shoot film. It'll still be cheaper. Overall - don't waste your time buying this lens unless you're, for some reason, collecting all leica lenses. Why'd I give it two stars? Because its compact, light and if you're shooting garden gnomes or parked cars in adequate lighting - you'll get some character.

Great Instument

By Tyler
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-19

If only the poet was paid for the poetry, what great art we would have.

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Date published: 2021-04-24

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Asked by: Wesam
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Can it be used on a Nikon D810?
Asked by: Anonymous
This is not compatible with the Nikon D810.
Answered by: Dana G.
Date published: 2019-10-10

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Asked by: roland
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Does it work with a full-frame camera?
Asked by: Anonymous
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