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Leica 75mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH

75/2 APO Flare

Direct sunlight or other bright light onto the front lens elements generates severe flare:

The round lens shade on the 75mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M is entirely inadequate for many shooting situations. Always shield the front lens element from direct light. This is true of many Leica M lenses, and most lenses in general.

Veiling flare from sunlight striking front lens element

When sunlight as non-image-forming light hits the front lens element, all heck breaks loose, as shown. This type of flare is not improved with aperture (stopping down).

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