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I just bought this lens and shot two rolls, but the result is not satisfactory -- not sharp as my Nikon or even Minolta, especially wide open. The serial number is 3572478. Has anyone got any exprience about this lens? Thanks first.
I thought this was a 50mm 'cron thread? Anyway, I started using the latest version about 3 weeks ago and am very impressed with the results. I only got it because I had money left on an order when I got a M6ttl and 35mm 'cron, but have actually used the 50 more than the 35.
Having a good set of Leica M lenses (21 2.8 asph/28 2 asph/35 2 asph/50 2/50 1 noctilux/90 2 apo asph), I can say the 50mm summicron is the best lens I own. I use it as an all around lens, shoot 70% of time with this lens, in every light condition, at every shutter speed, every aperture and it performs greately evry time. If the lens doesn't produces sharp images or images without a good contrast IMO it's a problem of the single lens in question. Send it to assistance. Taking apart the Noctilux, wich is another kind of lens with specifical purposes, the 50mm summicron is one of the best lens Leica produces.
I bought my f2 Summincron in '69 along with a Focomat Ic enlarger and the bits to use the 'cron as an enlarging lens. A great combination. The f2 makes setting up the exposure so much easier than a traditional f4.5 enlarging lens.
Some years later I contemplated buying a lens just for the enlarger, and suggested using a camera lens as enlarger lenses seemed so much more expensive (I didn't reveal my then current set-up). The knowledgable photoshop owner replied "That's because enlarger lenses have to take the heat. The glue that sticks the elements together in conventional lenses deteriorates and the lens elements separate. Never use a camera lens in an enlarger!". The as an afterthought he added "Except for Leica lenses. They CAN take the heat."
> can somebody tell me the difference between regular Summicron 2/50mm > and the new '50 Jahre' model except for their appearance. > From everything I have read, the optics are identical between the regular 50/2 and the 50 Jahre special edition. The only difference is the construction of the housing, resulting in a totally different appearance. So you can get a 1950's style Summicron with 2000's optics and coatings, all for only twice the price of a regular Summicron Personally, I think the new Summicron 50th anniversary would look great on a sliver MP - that would be my ideal 'retro' combination...
At the risk of stating a flame-war, ANY clean, undamaged Summicron is and excellent lens. I sincerely doubt that 90 % of the "Summicron partisans" could identify a print 11"x14" or smaller made with any particiular generation of those lenses.
> I'm with Photo Phreak here. ALL the 50 Summis are excellent lenses EVEN the > collapsible original. Each of the computations has been the benchmark lens > of its time, and while they all will exhibit different traits and provide > different atmospheres in their images none of them is to be sneezed at.