Leica 50mm Summicron-R f/2 (ROM) 35mm Primes

Leica 50mm Summicron-R f/2 (ROM) 35mm Primes 

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 19, 2007]
Casey Fulton
Intermediate

Strength:

Creates very clean, sharp images. High contrast and does exhibit the Leica 3D look on some images. Can be bought cheaply if you buy the older versions. Used on a digital slr via an adapter, you can really see the extra resolving power. Zooming onto a scetion of an image and suddenly words which would have been blurred on other lens makes can now be read clearly. Does not have the colour casts common to Canon & Nikon lenses - white comes out briliiant pure white. Very solidly built. Focus ring is quite tight but is reassuring that no dust will get in.
Very compact.

Weakness:

None excpet it's a lot heavier than it looks which is part of it's tank like build.

Extremely high quality standard lens for Leica R mount.

Similar Products Used:

Canon EF 50 F1.8
Canon FD 50 F1.4
Olympus 50 F1.8
Nikkor 50 AI F1.4
Jupiter 8 55mm F2

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 04, 2004]
Douglas
Expert

Strength:

Solid, quality feel, smooth as silk, built-in lenshood (so you actually use it!) but above all superb results in image quality. I used it, the 35 f2 and the 80-200 f4 for two weeks shooting in the southern Adriatic recently, and the sharpness and saturation with 100ASA Superia film was just great. This lens gives the best VfM in Leica R lenses. A must-have for anyone with an 'R' camera.

Weakness:

Heavy - but Leica don't compromise on the materials they reckon a lens needs.

This lens is great to use and produces superb results in terms of definition, colour saturation and contrast. Period. The overall rating shown has been skewed by just two low evaluations in the ten reviews so far: note that eight (and I) gave it the maximum of 5/5.

Customer Service

Never needed.

Similar Products Used:

Canon 50 f1.4 / Pentax M 50.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 21, 2003]
jack carden
Expert

Strength:

Brilliant optically in ways that will continue to delight and must be lived with to appreciate. Superbly made.

Weakness:

I have seen some with stiff focus, but that may be a function of age as I have seen the same problem in other manufacturers lenses. Maybe the cameras are less good, but that is strictly speaking not a lens flaw.

Ignore reviews where reviewers refer to magazine reviews. This forum is for people who have used the lenses themselves. Yes the Zeiss Planar 1.4 was top dog in the Pop Photography review a few years ago. The Planar is superb. So is the Summicron. I had a 10 year old Canadian 50 f2 pre ROM. The results: incredible fine detail with very fine gradients between objects in the frame. I don't know the exact technical terminology. But if you enlarge the negs to huge prints, the fine detail will astound you. If you just look at prints, the beauty of the tonal range and the perfect balance of all optical qualities (as opposed to pumping one or the other for visual effect) will be evident to anyone. This is a superior lens that delivers beyond the measurable numbers. It's not a mystique...it's just good. Other lenses do similar special things--Olympus 50 1.8, the 35 on the Konica Hexar AF, the currednt Voigtlander Nokton 50 1.5, the Nikkor 50 f2 AI and others. There is no mystique with any of them. The makers just got it right. I doubt whether those who criticized this lens have used it. That's too bad because careless criticism can stop others from enjoying something special. Some reviewers beat up Leica products because they're Leica and some reviewers revere Leica because they're Leica. This lens is great because someone made it great. Try it.

Customer Service

No personal experience.

Similar Products Used:

50's from Nikon, Olympus, Voigtlander (modern) Pentax and Canon FD. Lot's of great 50's out there

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 24, 2001]
Patrick Pevenage
Beginner

Strength:

Sharp, contrast very good, nice bokeh. Excellent standard lens. Lens all metal. The clic of the aperture ring is what is must be, strong and sure. Built forever.

Weakness:

Built-in shade is plastic and no standard for Leica. Focus ring is heavy to turn. Adjusting although is firm and precise. Turning aperture is opposite to other brands.

Old design, well built, high price but an honest price regarding to Leica-quality. I develop B&W myself and when you see the negatives, you can immediately tell it''s Leica''s. Why does so many in photography dream of Leica. Is it the name? No. They have Nikons, Canons, Minolta''s. And still they keep on dreaming of Leica, and money.

Customer Service

Not needed.

Similar Products Used:

Nikon, Fujinon.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 17, 2001]
Marc
Intermediate

Strength:

Contrast and colour rendition.

Weakness:

Not the sharpest 50mm lens at f2 and f2,8 , but still in the top league.

A very contrasty lens, like most leica lenses. However sharpness at wider apertures is not quite as high as for example the excellent 45mm contax g planar. However the colour rendition, flare control, and out of focus rendition is top notch.

Similar Products Used:

Zuiko 50/1.8 , Zeiss 45/2

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 14, 2000]
Simon Coates
Expert

Strength:

Optical and mechanical quality
Price (for Leica!)

Weakness:

Only stops down to f/16

I once saw a standard lens supertest where a magazine tested every 50mm lens currently available, and this came out with the sharpest result. This is the lens which most people will buy when they enter into the Leica system. And what a lens! It performs superbly from f/2 to f/16 and from edge to edge it is pin sharp.
It is very solidly made and will probably last longer than me; the aperture and focus ring are very smooth - typical for Leica.
On my R6.2 it feels very well balanced. I only have one gripe, though - it only stops to f/16 which limits depth of field for landscapes.
This lens retails at £598, the only Leica glass price that doesn't look like a telephone number! If you are after a pure quality outfit, look no further.

Customer Service

V.good

Similar Products Used:

Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 11, 2000]
ND Janiszeski
Expert
Model Reviewed: 50mm Summicron-R f/2 (ROM)

Strength:

Outstanding image quality. Everything you would want - sharpness, contrast, no distortion, clarity of fine details, etc. Plus its small and lightweight and cheap compared to other Leica R lenses. Robust construction of Leica lenses withour the weight. Excellent close-up performance.

Weakness:

None

A great 50mm in league with the 1.4/50mm from Contax. A must have for Leica R users.

Customer Service

Unknown. Never had to use.

Similar Products Used:

Nikon, Contax SLR, Canon MF, Olympus OM

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 14, 2000]
David Kernaghan
Professional
Model Reviewed: 50mm Summicron-R f/2 (ROM)

Strength:

Very compact and lightweight. Makes a great shooting combination with the R4 thru R6 bodies. Optical performance as you would expect from Leica, and a price second hand like you wouldn't expect from Leica.

Weakness:

Possibly the age of the design, but then again you just don't change classics.

This lens gives superb performance, and yes, it is still considered the lens to compare all other SLR 50mm's to. The best part is that you can pick them up quite reasonably. When used with one of the smaller R series bodies, makes a great shooting combination.

Similar Products Used:

Leica 50mm Summicron-M.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 17, 2000]
paul yardley
Professional

Strength:

ok standrad lens

Weakness:

zeiss 50mm (for contax) is better.

overrated

Similar Products Used:

None

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 01, 2000]
peter graham
Professional

Strength:

Poor lens by modern standards

Weakness:

The review two below indicates that this lens came top of a test of all standard lenses. Well, I have that test issue (Pop Photography) and actually it came bottom of the test, and was summarised as "a design showing its age" which in polite terms means it was below standard. (Contax was top, followed by Minolta, Nikon and Olympus)
Leica ain't all its cracked up to be, but some folks just won't accept that.

You'd do better with most other brands standard lens.

Similar Products Used:

most systems

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
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