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  • Leica Summicron 50mm f/2 Collapsible (M)
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  • Leica Summicron 50mm f/2 Rigid (M) Lens Review
    the regular version The Type 2 Summicron was manufactured from 1953 to 1968 eventually replaced by Type 3 design Used copied of this lens are commonly available but often are in a below average condition with coating and element scratches A copy in an excellent condition typically sells for US 700 800 on used markets The optical construction of the lens consists of 7 elements in 4 groups The build quality is as good as any other Leica lens that is a fully metal barrel with metal focusing and aperture rings The lens weighs 340g 0 74l b The Type 2 Summicron was manufactured exclusively in Germany at the Leica s Solms factory As mentioned the lens has the minimum focusing distance of 1m 3 2ft The focusing ring has a focus lock which allows you to lock the lens in the infinity position The aperture ring moves from f 2 to f 16 in one full f stop increments The lens accepts 39mm screw in type filters All Leica s Summicrons are fully compatible with Leica M mounts and hence can be used on both film as well as digital cameras including M8 and M9 Within the scope of this review the lens was tested on an APS H type M8 giving us an EFOV of 66mm Summary Lens Composition 7 elements in 4 groups Angular Field 46 degrees Minimum Focus 1m 3 2ft Focusing Action MF f stop Scale f 2 f 16 manual Filter Size 39mm Lens Hood 12585 optional Weight 340g 0 74lb Dimensions 51x48mm 2x1 88 Lens Case N A Handling Leica Summicron 50mm f 2 Rigid is the prime example of lens over engineering while Leica is well known and respected for high quality optics precision engineering and sturdy construction the company had to engineer a fairly complex mount in order to incorporate the regular as well as the DR variant which has the closest rangefinder coupled focusing of any M lenses and relies on removable goggles to provide parallax corrected view at close ranges This resulted in a fairly large and heavy for the Leica world lens the Rigid Summicron is actually the largest in the Summicron 50mm family Of course largest is a relative term particularly if you compare this lens to say Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f 1 1 or your average 50mm SLR lens When mounted on M8 Summicronn Rigid balances quite well although the camera lens combo is not as compact as say with the latest generation Summicron 50mm or the even smaller C Summicron 40 2 again we re talking in relative terms terms here The lens blocks 5 of the viewfinder s area when fully collapsed at infinity and 6 when the lens is focused at MFD but in either case it does not encroach into the 50mm frame lines ISO 640 1 20 f 2 50mm Leica M8 As with all Leica lenses modern or from days past Rigid Summicron sports a dedicated DOF scale to help

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  • Leica Summicron 50mm f/2 Type 3 (M)
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  • Leica Summicron-R 50mm (E55) f/2 Lens Review
    APS C type cameras with 1 6x crop sensor ratio the field of view of Summicron R 50mm f 2 is going to be equivalent to that of a 80mm lens on a full frame body The lens is quite popular among photographers and is in abundant supply on eBay Good copies of the lens go for anywhere from US 350 to US 500 depending on the model year and condition New copies of the lens with ROM contacts are priced around US 1 250 as of May 2007 To test the lens on EOS body I used Fotodiox Leica R to EOS adapter without AF confirmation chip With non EF mount lenses you are limited to either fully manual and aperture priority modes All but center weighted metering is also going to be disabled with non chipped adapters Field Tests Summicron produced very well balanced and consistent results in the field Leica which is known for developing lenses with probably the most accurate color rendition did not disappoint here colors were vivid and images were literally breathing with life Bokeh on the other hand was rather uninspiring with Summicron fact that can be attributed to Summicron s relatively small maximum aperture The lens was somewhat soft at its widest aperture especially struggling around borders but quality improves significantly once stopped down to f 2 8 Quality remained consistently high throughout the rest of the aperture an ideal treat in any lens On APS C camera Summicron showed no vignetting whatsoever throughout the entire aperture range not especially surprising for a 50mm lens Chromatic aberration barrel distortion and flare were also well under control As always I want to remind that you might experience somewhat different results on a full frame body especially when it comes to vignetting Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews leica lenses leica standard 380 leica summicron r 50mm e55 f2 lens review sigProGalleria74478072b7 Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C The lens produced very solid results in the lab Performance in the center was already pretty good wide open at f 2 and only got better with stopped down aperture peaking around f 4 Borders remain pretty sharp from f 2 8 and on but at f 2 quality suffers and results are not that extraordinary Interestingly enough the overall performance of Summicron R 50mm f 2 is almost identical to the overall performace of it s more expensive cousin Summilux R 50mm f 1 4 I say almost because technically speaking Summicron s performance around borders with wide open aperture is slightly worse then Summilux s The peak overall performance at f 5 6 through f 8 will give you very good 19in and OK 24in prints which by itself is very respectable Conclusion By

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  • Leica Summilux 50mm f/1.4 Type 1 (M)
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  • Leica Summilux 50mm f/1.4 Type 2 (M)
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  • Leica Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4 (S7) Lens Review
    lens to a Canon or Nikon body you can use one of the readily available adapter rings I used a plain Fotodiox Leica R to EOS adapter but some of the newer models include a PCB strip which allows your camera to confirm focusing Once attached to the camera the lens will have to be operated in a manual mode meaning you will have to switch your camera either into an aperture priority or fully manual mode You will also loose all but center weighted metering modes The first generation of Summilux R 50mm f 1 4 seems to be quickly becoming a collector s item I could not find that many being sold on the Internet so not surprisingly that the ones that are listed fetch pretty high prices expect to pay anywhere between 400 and 500 for a copy in a decent condition Field Tests It took me some time to get used to handling fully manual lens on an EOS body Gives you an idea of my dependency on an AF system But even after getting used to or should I say re acquiring the skill of stopped down metering I discovered that the probability of taking a good shot with the lens was lower when compared to one with an AF system especially when taking pictures with moving targets The shots that actually did come through were fantastic Summilux produced results that rivaled that of Canon s newest L class lenses with color balance and contrast probably being the most distinct differentiators of this lens Summilux was top notch from f 4 producing very sharp and balanced results in the center and around borders At f 1 4 the lens seemed to struggle around borders more on that in the lab tests section Those of you looking for a lens capable of producing nice bookeh would not consider this as a disadvantage obviously The lens did not produce any visible distortions throughout supported aperture range flare distortion and vignetting seemed to be well under control which is not very surprising for a 50mm prime lens However bear in mind that I was testing this lens on a 1 6x crop camera once you move to a full frame body your results might be different especially when it comes to vignetting Chromatic aberration was very minor with wide open aperture and non existent once stopped down to f 2 8 Title Title Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews leica lenses leica standard 371 leica summilux r 50mm f14 s7 lens review sigProGalleriaaebf8b8fc0 Lab Tests Canon APS C The lens produced very solid results in the lab The weakest point was f 1 4 where the lens was very soft around borders and only slightly better in the center Here even 118in prints would be average at best around borders unless you re shooting for nice bookeh But once stopped down to f 4 quality improves significantly and you

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  • Leica Summitar 50mm f/2 (LTM) Lens Review
    to use standard 39mm screww in filters with this lens The minimum focusing distance is 1m 3 3ft and the minimum aperture is f 16 Summitar 50mm f 2 lens was designed for traditional film cameras of the days past and therefore is compatible with a number of modern cameras including Leica M8 and M9 using an LTM to M adapter as well as Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX systems Within the scope of this review the lens was tested on an APS H type Leica M8 Summary Lens Composition 7 elements in 4 groups Angular Field 46 degrees Minimum Focus 1m 3 2ft Focusing Action MF f stop Scale f 2 f 16 manual Filter Size L type Lens Hood SOOPD optional Weight 205g 7 2oz Dimensions 42x42mm 1 6x1 6 Lens Case N A Handling If you are into camera lens historabilia Leica Summitar is one heck of a lens to try out and own In many aspects Summitar represents a transitioning point in Leica s history first lens to receive coating last design with continuous aperture last dedicated LTM lens while first generation Summicron was also made in LTM mount it was also available in M bayonet mount as well But Summitar is certainly a lens that would require getting used to you have to be patient first and foremost to understand many nuances of this almost century old optical piece Many users would consider Summitar archaic particularly when modern benchmarks are used and opt for newer designs I don t blame them But I am jumping ahead ISO 160 1 1500 f 2 8 50mm Summitar follows a traditional collapsible design very popular between 30s and 50s basically you need to expend the lens by pulling the front side of the lens and then twist it to lock in extended position To collapse it twist the front in the different direction and then push the barrel in Be careful though when pushing the lens in you risk hitting the camera s sensor with the rear element assuming you re using M8 or M9 There is no definitive opinion among users on this subject some claim that the lens collapses without any problems while others mention that the lens does not clear the mirror I did try collapsing the lens on my M8 and did not not touch the sensor but I would still not recommend anyone risk damaging their cameras the lens is not particularly large even when fully extended As mentioned earlier Summitar is the last model sporting an click less aperture you simply rotate the aperture ring freely to the desired position as there are no clicks There are two problems with this design I never learned how to avoid either of these issues firstly the aperture ring can accidentally shift while you re using the lens and you might not notice it secondly the spacing between the aperture levels is uneve n with more rotational room between large apertures which makes it

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