- ASIN: B00007LKHY
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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- Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001
Leica 50mm f/2.0 SUMMICRON-M Black Lens for M System
- Includes "6-bit code" which allows the digital M8 camera to identify which lens is being used, and also to store this information in image metadata
- The "classic" choice for an M-Leica normal lens
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About a year ago I bought this lens along with a used Leica M6 body. It was a gift to myself for reaching a goal and I've never regretted the expense one bit.
My primary 35mm camera system is Nikon. Certainly not a second-rate system optically. I've used Nikkor lenses for about 30 years and have never found them lacking.
However, I had occasion to shoot the same subject using the Leica 50mm Summicron and a Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AIS.
I had no intention whatsoever of comparing the two lenses. As it turned out, when I put both transparencies (Provia 100F) on the lightbox, I was able to see a slighly crisper image from the Summicron slide. I was using a 4x Rodenstock loupe.
Frankly, the difference I saw wouldn't have convinced me to spend four times the price of the Nikkor lens for the Summicron. At enlargements up to 8x10 or so, the difference would be negligible...at best.
At that point, curiosity got the best of me and I decided to scan both slides using a Nikon Coolscan V ED dedicated film scanner and compare the results at higher magnifications.
Again, at moderate magnification there was little difference. It was only when blown up to a screen size that would equal about an 11x14 print that I started to see a big difference. At a 16x20 equivilent, it was no contest. The Summicaron simply showed more fine detail. Especially in the corners.
I saw no major difference in color accuracy. Contrast was similar, with the Summicron having a slight advantage.
It was only when I took the magnification up to where it would equal a 20X30 inch print that the Summicron image became unacceptable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I heard this statement 20 years ago, and this was exactly what drove me selling out all my Minolta gears to get an M7 and the Summicron. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Wings for Glory
With the 50mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH and now 50mm f/2 APO Summicron ASPH getting all of the attention in Leica-land, the old non-APO Summicron is somewhat forgotten and ignored. Read morePublished 11 months ago by asiafish