Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM: Look and Feel

Leica M9 with Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens mounted.

Leica M9 with Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens mounted.

Considering that this lens is 57 years old and cost less than the price of a Leica lens hood it is shocking how well it performs. Mechanically speaking it feels as solid as any Leica lens I’ve owned.

I’m especially fond of the knurled focusing ring, but not so fond of the l-o-n-g throw and the infinity lock. The one benefit of the infinity lock is that if you’re used to using a tabbed throw then the lock can work in a similar way. I’ve read that the infinity lock can be bypassed, but I might just see if I can live with it before messing with the any of the mechanics.

Something else worth mentioning is the aperture ring. It has excellent ‘feel’ with very positive clicks into each setting. I get the feeling that it’s hard to accidentally knock it out of place. However, the clicks are only in full stops: f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.8, f/8, f/11, f/16 and f/22. With clicks that are this pronounced, it is probably not the ideal lens for anyone looking to shoot video.

No issues with balance, feels about the same as other Leica lenses.

No issues with balance, feels about the same as other Leica lenses.

It's not a very big lens and has minimal viewfinder blockage.

It’s not a very big lens and has minimal viewfinder blockage. (See image below)

Leica M9 Canon 50mm f/1.4 viewfinder blockage

Leica M9 Canon 50mm f/1.4 viewfinder blockage

A couple more from last night and tonight.

Portable produce. Leica M9 with Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM @ 1.4

Portable produce. Leica M9 with Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM @ 1.4

Subway entrance. Leica M9 with Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM @ 1.4

Moody subway entrance. Leica M9 with Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM @ 1.4

7 thoughts on “Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM: Look and Feel

  1. A very beautiful lens delivering high quality photos. I have one ever fixed on my Leica M2. An interesting alternative to a Leica lens.

    Like

  2. Pingback: Leica M9 and the Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM in Paris | SeattleSteve.me

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s