Getting to Know the 50mm Summilux

I came across a deal for a 50mm Summilux the last time I was in Tokyo and finally picked up a lens I’ve wanted for a few years. I was quite happy with the 50mm Summicron and played around with an old 50mm Canon FD LTM, but always wanted the Summilux.

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I’m about three steps outside of Map Camera and couldn’t pass up taking a shot of the new purchase.

Most of the time the 28mm Summicron lives on the camera, but there have been a few times I’ve wanted something with a little more reach a bit more speed. This 50 will fit the bill nicely.

Like the 50mm Summicron, it has a built-in hood, but unlike the Summicron this one locks in place. Another benefit, for me, is the addition of a focusing tab, something the Summicron lacked.

The lens has only been mounted a few times, but the times I’ve mounted it, it has performed as you’d expect, flawlessly. Leica makes some beautiful 50s and this one is no exception.

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This empty billboard was just begging for a subject to walk by.
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Triangles, sunlight, and shadows around the arena.
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Predictably, beautiful colors come out of this lens.
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Primary colors waiting to cross on a cool evening.
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Ominous looking skies overhead.
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If there’s a crosswalk, I’ll probably park myself somewhere nearby and shoot.

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