Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2

Last updated (30 August’10):
– Review by Kenrockwell

The Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 features 50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2. The lens construction has 6 elements in 4 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 47 degrees with Closest focusing distance at 0.7m and 2.5 ft. The Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 lens weighs 8.5 Ounces and it measures 2.1 inches in diameter and 2 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Reviews

Kenrockwell reviews the Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 and writes;
“The LEICA SUMMICRON-M 50mm f/2 has no visible distortion. Shoot it on the M9 at any reasonable distance, blow it up to 200% on-screen, drop a ruler on it in Photoshop, and it’s still perfectly straight. There no color fringes anywhere. This is the world’s performance reference. In the center, it’s sharp and contrasty even at f/2. In fact, it’s so sharp at f/2 that it can excite aliases (moiré) in the M9 throughout the entire field, even wide-open.”
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Lenstip reviews the Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 and writes;
“The quality of those pictures will definitely not let us down. The lens generates really sharp images and the number of its advantages is large. The only problem is that with the price of 2000 $ that we have to pay for Summicron, we’d like a few less cons. Vignetting at a full frame and these parameters of the lens is unavoidable, so that’s a price we’re ready to pay.”
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User Opinions

Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 User Reviews

“..Again, at moderate magnification there was little difference. It was only when blown up to a screen size that would equal about an 11×14 print that I started to see a big difference. At a 16×20 equivilent, it was no contest. The Summicaron simply showed more fine detail. Especially in the corners. I saw no major difference in color accuracy. Contrast was similar, with the Summicron having a slight advantage…” – by Ricardo

The Best 50mm lens ever made, | Rating: ★★★★★
“When Leica began making lenses for 35mm format, their people knew that the lens has to be able to extract as much information from the tiny 35mm film as possible. What they produced is capable of rendering incredibly sharp photographs, and at the same time, provide beautiful out-of-focus (bokeh), practically no distortion of any kind, be about 40-50% smaller than a 50mm slr lens, has the right amount of contrast, and no vignetting.” – by kkrome25

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Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Specifications

The tried and well-proven optical design of this lens provides for a perfection of picture quality extending all the way to the extreme corners of the image field even at full aperture, as well as outstanding contrast throughout, at all apertures, even at close distances. Stopping down to f/2.8 or f/4 brings only a minimal increase in contrast. Distortion is extremely low and practically invisible. Its well-balanced design makes this ideal standard lens an outstanding choice in terms of all criteria, including image quality, speed, size, weight and price.

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