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Leica M240

50mm 4-way Comparison (M240, Wagon)

This comparison assesses the four Leica 50mm lenses in production as of 2013.

The 24-megapixel Leica M240 was used, along with focusing at 10X Live View at f/2.8 for all lenses (using f/2.8 makes for a crisper image with reduced aberrations as well as cutting off a good portion of any focus shift).

Click each image to go to the start page for each lens.

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Diglloyd Guide to LEICA contains in-depth coverage of Leica M system cameras and lenses, with additional coverage of Leica M Monochrom, Leica Q, Leica SL.

Special emphasis is placed on Leica M lenses and certain Zeiss ZM lenses.

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  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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50mm: Noctilux, Summilux, APO-Summicron ASPH, Summicron
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