Leica Summilux-M 50 f/1.4 ASPH.: The return of a great classic at a great price
We just published the news of the launch of the new Leica M11 Monochrom, but this is not the only novelty from the German manufacturer. Also, today was the turn of a great updated classic. L’Leica Summilux-M 50 f/1.4 ASPH lens.. After the announcement of the Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 ASPH. in september last year, another lens was renewed, which can be considered a reference for photography.
Thanks to the focal length of 50mm and the possibility of having an opening membrane until f/1.4this model is able to meet the needs of many photographers and adapts to many contexts (especially the street photography and to the portrait). Leica ensures that the best of its technology is inside, without forgetting the tradition stemming from the introduction of the M-mount optical series in 1954. The main features of the lens are as follows.
Lens properties Leica Summilux-M 50 f/1.4 ASPH.
As we wrote above, this new model has been designed to meet the needs of modern photographers, but also those who have a compatible camera from the previous series. Inside we find the most advanced technology while maintaining the compact and light design to be easily transported. Leica After all, he writes that it is so “to give you even more flexibility and freedom when taking pictures”.
The Leica Summilux-M 50 f/1.4 ASPH. even with the 60 MPixel full format sensors of the new Leica M11, which guarantee high details and contrasts, it has no problems. Among the differences we find the membrane what time is it 11 slats (like 35mm) instead of the previous 9, while the aperture varies f/1.4 at aperture 16.
Another novelty is the minimum focus distance which is the same now 45cm instead of the previous 70 cm, allowing better management of the scene according to the needs of the photographer. reportedly this “Wonder” This was made possible by the double cam mechanism developed for this model. It also includes a focus adjustment ring that rotates further, allowing for more precise focusing throughout the adjustment.
Even with this change, the company ensures that neither the viewing angle nor the sensitivity of the focus have been compromised, thus offering a better overall experience. Note, however, that up to 70cm you can use the range finder to focus, while between 70cm and 45cm you can use Live View, Visoflex (optional accessory) or the FOTOS app. The ring nut has greater resistance at these settings.
The optical design of the Leica Summilux-M 50 f/1.4 ASPH. It has 8 elements divided into 5 groups with an aspherical element. The filter thread is of the E46 type, while the overall dimensions are 59.3 x 58.6 mm for a weight of 337 grams. The availability of this model is given immediately with a Price From 4550 euros for the black version and from 4750 euros for the silver version.