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Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

Notes: 50/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

The Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH offers outstanding image quality that based on own shooting appears to best its two siblings to at least f/2.8.

With very low distortion and brilliant image rendition, it is an ideal lens for the Leica M, with plenty of potential beyond the 18MP of the M9.

As I’ve used the Summilux, I have grown increasingly more pleased with it, and it also makes a very fine lens on the Sony NEX-7, as these Sony NEX-7 examples with the 50 Summilux show.

In short, the 50/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH is a must-have lens for every Leica shooter.

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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.

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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Optical design of the Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

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