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50 Summilux vs 50 Noctilux (Joshua Tree)

Leica M shooters looking for a 50mm lens to be shot in the bright end of the aperture range should find this series instructive. The two 50mm lenses draw so differently at the brighter apertures that this could be taken as an argument for owning both lenses; the identical focal length being a superficial number not reflecting the actual results. See the conclusions.

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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.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly the Summilux/Summicron/Elmarit choice and/or Zeiss ZM.
  • Make better images, a sort of “cheat sheet” saving yourself months or years of ad-hoc learning. Processing parameters are discussed and shown.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to full camera resolution, plus large crops [past 2 years or so].
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH
Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH
(not to scale)

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