Fresh from 1958: The Japanese Summilux (Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM)

Taipei Main Station, the "Chessboard" Leica M9 Canon 50mm f/1.4 @ f/1.4

Taipei Main Station, the “Chessboard” Leica M9 Canon 50mm f/1.4 @ f/1.4

It arrived today. After a couple of months looking at cheap, fast 50s I ended up picking up a Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM for the M9. I came across this copy from a seller Japan for a little over $200. This lens’ main rival in price, performance and speed would probably be the Jupiter 3. Both of these are 50mm f/1.4 lenses from the 50s/60s and both can be had for roughly the same price.

I don’t know a lot about this lens and nearly everything I do know has been picked up from reading a few posts here and there, but most of what I know comes from Jason Howe’s excellent write-up. Take a look at his post for some outstanding photos, technical information and samples of the lens taken on a few different bodies.

I was pleasantly surprised at the color reproduction from this lens.

I was pleasantly surprised at the color reproduction from this lens.

According to the serial number this lens appears to be one of the last few Type I lenses off the line before the Type II was introduced. Since the lens has only been in my hands for a few hours it is hard to draw any solid conclusion, but I can say that I’m looking forward to heading out with this lens and getting to know it a lot better.

All of the photos posted here have been edited to taste from DNG files with Adobe Lightroom 5 and Silver Efex Pro 2. Additionally, I shot the lens exclusively wide open at f/1.4 tonight at a variety of shutter speeds and ISO values.

National Taiwan Museum. Older lenses are known for somewhat weak contrast, but it doesn't seem to be much of an issue to correct in post.

National Taiwan Museum. Older lenses are known for somewhat weak contrast, but it doesn’t seem to be much of an issue to correct in post.

2015M9 w Canon LTM-29-Edit

2015M9 w Canon LTM-14-Edit-2

2 thoughts on “Fresh from 1958: The Japanese Summilux (Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM)

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