Leica 50mm Summilux-R f/1.4 35mm Primes

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50mm Summilux-R f/1.4

Achieves extraordinary image performance and high contrast across the entire focusing range. Because of its great speed and compact size, this lens adds much flexibility to the outstanding working characteristics of the standard 50 mm focal length. A high-speed lens with extraordinary richness of image contrast over the entire aperture range. Even wide open at f/1.4 its performance is exemplary and perfectly useable. Stopping down by one or two apertures improves the initially high imaging quality only to a minor degree. And the wide f/1.4 aperture provides a very bright, crisp viewing image and enhances the ability to use selective focus. In addition to the outstanding optical qualities of this standard 50mm lens, it also offers a great deal of operational flexibility based on its high speed and compact size.

User Reviews (4)

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anglelake   Intermediate [May 14, 2003]
Strength:

It is the perfect size and not to mention again and again the awsome images.

Weakness:

NONE NONE NONE

When I developed my photos from our northern forests at every f stop my heart skipped a beat. I have owned canon L series lenses, and Nikons latest lenses, and I can tell you there is no contest. This 50 1.4 rom is magic.

Customer Service

did not need it

Similar Products Used: None in it's class
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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Bent Are   Expert [Nov 06, 2002]
Strength:

I find it very hard to believe that 35mm can get better than this.

Weakness:

Price... Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Id still give it a 5 though. Depends on how much you use the 50mm lens.

Summilux-R 50mm 1:1.4 (new type) WOW! WOW! I never even imagined that 35mm could be as good as this. The quality of the Summilux-R 50mm 1.4 is aboslutely mindblowingly gorgeous. My hairs raised when I first scanned pictures from this lens. I have never seen such a "smoothness" in the details before inn 35mm, only in medium format. It can resolve the deepest shadows, the brightest highlights. Contrast is way, way, way better than anything I have seen before. I love the 50mm perspective, and have previously owned 50mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.4 from both Canon AND Nikon (4 lenses). I have even used the Contax G 45mm 2,0 a lot (terrible contrast, too hard), and the Voigtlander 50mm 1,5 Nokton (too soft). All are sold and gone now, and I don't regret. When I look back on the pictures from these lenses, which are all very good indeed they all look flat and clinical. Then, of course, all of these lenses combined cost about half the price of the Summilux-R 50 (no kidding). Its very very expensive, but worth it. Its so expensive that I -have- to live with only a 50mm. All for the better. I'd much rather have one killer lens than a bag full of dull Nikkors or Canon EF lenses. (exept for the Af-Nikkor 85mm 1,4 which I use for concerts and will never sell) To sum it up, it is the closest I can get to medium format quality in 35mm. Also it is extremely good mechanically, smooth focus, nice aperture ring, reassuringly heavy (over 500 Grams!). Built in Hood (a little small? never had any problems with flare)

Customer Service

never used.

Similar Products Used: Nikon 50mm 1,8 MF/AF, Nikon 50mm 1,4, Canon EF50mm 1,8, Canon EF50mm 1,4 Richoh 50mm 1,7, Contax G45mm 2,0, Voigtlander 50mm 1,5
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5
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5
breiva   Intermediate [Feb 28, 2002]
Strength:

Fully useable at 1.4, and no competition when stopped down slightly

Weakness:

Price I guess. Competition can offer lenses of not quite the same quality but close enough for a third of the price

A fantastically good lens. Very good at 1.4, and in my view as good if not better than the Summicron-R at f/2 - 4. Very good contrast, giving the photos a seldom seen punch

Customer Service

Not tested with this lens. With other products - excellent, but at a price

Similar Products Used: Summicron-M 50 mm, old Summilux-R 50 mm
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RATING
5
VALUE
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3
Alex Ng   Intermediate [Apr 28, 2000]
Model Reviewed: 50mm Summilux-R f/1.4 (ROM)
Strength:

Optically unsurpassed, always excellent Leica cam and mount.

Weakness:

Price, relatively heavy for its size, pretty useless built in hood

Optically if you want the best, look no further, much better than the old 55mm filter version. Edge delineation never seen better with a standard lens, almost looks like it's apo quality. The expensive price and silly lens hood won't hinder the overall quality of the lens.

Customer Service

Non-required.

Similar Products Used: Canon 501.4,
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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
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