Leica Summicron 50mm Review & Photos

Leica Summicron 50mm Review & Photos

A short Leica Summicron 50mm review (v5 version*) + lots of sample photos/ portraits

Leica Summicron 50 by MatthewOsbornePhotography_

Leica Summicron 50mm Portraits

Sample images using the Summicron 50mm v5 on my Leica M9:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/11619433565
http://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/11610986313
http://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/11250412213
http://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/11228258973
http://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/11267417375

Summicron 50mm f2 Sample Photos

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Leica Summicron 50/2

Leica Summicron 50mm f2

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Leica Summicron 50 vs Summilux 50 vs Sonnar 50

The Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5 (“Cron”) is fast becoming my go-to 50mm Leica M mount lens.  It focuses closer than the Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50/1.5 (Cron = ~0.68M / ZM 0.9M) and is lighter and smaller than the Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 (“Lux”) lens.  The Lux can be quite clinical in it’s rendering whereas I think the Cron is closer to the Sonnar with more character.    Plenty more testing to be done with each lens but those are my initial findings.

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Summicron 50mm Review – Summary

After having the Summicron 50mm and Summilux 50mm for more time I tend to use the Summilux for most applications when chosing that focal length.  The Summilux ASPH works better in low light and is more flare resistant than the Cron and is as sharp as I need.

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