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Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0

27 October 2009
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • very high build quality,
  • excellent image quality at the center of the field of view,
  • after stopping down, good image quality at the center of the frame,
  • small chromatic aberration,
  • slight distortion,
  • very good work against bright the light,
  • high transmission.

Cons:

  • distinct coma,
  • large vignetting around the maximum aperture

The build quality of Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0, its small dimensions, tasteful body, combination with a small and discreet Leica M9 makes this equipment not only joyful for our senses, but also makes us want to take it in our hands and go to the city to take a few pictures. The quality of those pictures will definitely not let us down. The lens generates really sharp images and the number of its advantages is large. The only problem is that with the price of 2000 $ that we have to pay for Summicron, we’d like a few less cons. Vignetting at a full frame and these parameters of the lens is unavoidable, so that’s a price we’re ready to pay. Coma’s a different story, in this equipment class it should be smaller.

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Sample shots

Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/177 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 5.12 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/177 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 4.9 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/177 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 6.45 MB
Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/177 sec., ISO 80
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 4.75 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/177 sec., ISO 80
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 4.76 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/177 sec., ISO 80
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 4.65 MB
Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/1000 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 5.13 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/500 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 5.26 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/125 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 5.46 MB
Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/500 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 3.87 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/4000 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 4.41 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/354 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 4.52 MB
Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 - Summary
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/4000 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 5.94 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1600 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 6.54 MB
Camera: Leica M9
Parameters: 50 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/707 sec., ISO 160
File: JPEG, 5216 x 3472 pix, 5.18 MB




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