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Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron-M

Examples: 50/2 Summicron-M

This short photo essay was shot on a Memorial Day celebration at the national military cemetery in San Bruno, CA. The flags are put up by volunteers for the day on thousands of gravestones.

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Apertures on this page marked with a ~ character are “best guess” from memory and the camera’s recorded guess— the M9 does not and cannot know the aperture at which the exposure is made. The notation ~f/8 means “f/8 or thereabouts”. When that notation is missing the '~', it means the exact aperture actually used.

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This scene shows off the extreme precision of the 50/2 Summicron-M. The low distortion keeps the lines of gravestones looking correct, not warped, and the flags on each remain visible into the distance.

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Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron-M, 1/500 sec handheld @ f/8, ISO 160

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