Leica APO-Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm ASPH. lens : best Leica M lens ever ?

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The new Leica APO-Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm ASPH. unveiled today along with the M-Monochrom, black and white digital camera, is quite promising. Leica doesn’t save on greetings and satisfaction regarding the design and performance level of this new 50mm lens that should become the sharpest Leica-M lens ever designed by the German brand. THey state that the MTF resolution chart results delivered by the Leica APO-Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm ASPH. are the highest ever seen. To build this lens, Leica has used the healthy 50mm and f/2.0 technical specs, specs that give plenty of room to the optical engineers to improve and achieve the best lage quality one can expect on a lens for a Full Frame 35mm camera. It looks like hey did a great job because :

  1. Leica is very very enthusiastic
  2. The lens will be sold $7,195, £5,400, €6,000 !

For this Leica lens, they used a floating lens group at the rear of the diaphragm to get a sharp image even at closed distance. They used high-end glass for apochromatic correction that leads to very low purple fringing.

Leica APO-Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm ASPH. Leica M camera lens
Leica APO-Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm ASPH. lens

 

Leica APO-Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm ASPH. : main specs

– Focal length : 50mm
– Max. aperture : f/2.0
– Min. aperture : f/16
– Min. focusing distance : 70cm
– Leica-M mount
– Diaphragme : 11 blades
– 8 lens in 5 groups
– APO glass element
– Aspherical glass element
– Filter diameter : 39mm
– Lens length / diameter : 47mm / 53mm
– Weight : 300 grams

leica summicron APO 50mm lens
Leica APO-Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm ASPH. lens : best Leica M lens ever built ?

 

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