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Leica 50/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

MTF: 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

MTF of the Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH shows very high contrast levels centrally at f/1.4, with a wave similar to that of the 35/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH. Like the 35/1.4 Summilux, contrast rises near the edges to high values.

While MTF for f/2 is not provided, we can expect that contrast rises substantially for f/2, tempered by a likely mild focus shift hinted at by the modest increase in contrast from f/1.4 to f/2.8 followed by a larger boost to f/5.6: without focus shift, we should expect peak central contrast by f/2.8.

Stopping down to f/2.8 raises the MTF by a large amount, but with a pronounced wave to the curve almost certainly indicating a field curvature. Shooting a planar scene will show very high central sharpness, followed by much softer mid-zone detail, followed by increasing sharpness to the edges, followed by a modest falloff to the corners.

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