Leica APO Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH. Reviews

Sep 1st, 2006krnt

Price Paid
Not Specified

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

First class and very sharp.
The best 50mm I have used.
/thomas
Dec 4th, 2006jmtrevino

Price Paid
~$1200 USD

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

I'm a fifties fan, must have about a dozen (several brands and mounts); however the Summicron 50 is one of the best lenses I've used. Extremely sharp, very good build -except for the moronic collapsible shade- and good bokeh. Few lenses can compare to it.
Jul 23rd, 2007graphicjoe

Price Paid
$900 USD

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

Least flare of any lens I've owned, and that includes quite a few lenses. Image quality is super; it is common for other photographers to look at my Leica slides on a light table and be able to see the difference between them and slides from other quality cameras. I also see higher quality enlargements from this lens than from other high quality standard lenses. I like the retractable lens shade. It's always there and can't be lost or mislaid.
Dec 29th, 2007DoF

Price Paid
$650 USD

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

An excellent "all-rounder" lens. Contrast and sharpness at full aperture are very good and unexcelled at f5.6.

This is one of the few lenses that Leica has not yet replaced with an Aspheric design, which speaks to its inherent high-quality.

I also do not know how it compares to the Summarit 50mm, but would recommend it without reservation to anyone looking for a high-quality
Leica lens that doesn't break the proverbial bank.
May 13th, 2009Bremenrule

Price Paid
$950 USD

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

I purchased the current version before Leica decided to double its price. I couldn't be happier with the build quality, although the (admittedly convenient) slide-out hood is uselessly small and non-locking. Optically, this is an excellent lens, and the MTF charts reflect what reviewers have been saying about this 1979 computation. From a practical standpoint, I find the results can approach that of my Mamiya 645 when using a good film. If you want a beautifully-made, sharp lens for your M-Mount camera, look no further.

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