Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. Black Anodized

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Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. Black

More than 30 years after the launch of Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm, which is still available, the Leica APO Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm ASPH. represents a totally new development. With its compact body - only marginally longer and slightly heavier than the Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm, and with an almost identical diameter, it provides visibly higher image quality.

On the Leica APO Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm ASPH. the exceptional correction enables all aberrations to be reduced to a minimum level that is negligible in digital photography. Its key features include excellent contrast rendition, all the way to the corners of the image, even with a fully open aperture. The use of a "floating element" ensures that this is retained, even for close-up shots.

Vignetting is limited to a maximum - i.e. in the corners of the image - of just 2 stops at full aperture in 35 mm format, or around 1 on the Leica M8 models. Stopping down to 2.8 visibly reduces this light deterioration towards the edge of the image, with practically only the natural vignetting remaining.

Distortion is very low at a maximum of just 0.4 % (pin cushion), which is practically imperceptible. A total of eight lens elements are used to achieve this exceptional performance.

To realize the apochromatic correction (resulting in a common focusing plane for three light wavelengths), three are made of glass types with high anomalous partial color dispersion, while two of the others have a high refractive index. The aspherical surface of the first lens in the rear group helps to reduce spherical aberration and flatten the image field. While the optical construction in front of the aperture is a Gaussian type, the arrangement of the lens elements behind it is similar to that in the Summilux-M 1:1.4/35 mm ASPH. This group comprises a "floating elem

The essentials:

  • Diagonal picture angle: 47°
  • Working range: 0.7m to infinity
  • Largest scale: 1:11.3
  • Number of lenses/groups: 8/5
  • Length * 1: 47 mm
  • Weight * 1: 300 g
  • Lens hood: built-in
  • Filter/filter thread: E39


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  • Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical)
  • For 35 mm (24 x 36 mm):
    47°, 40°, 27°
  • For M8 digital (18 x 27 mm):
    36°, 30°, 20° ; Corresponds to a focal length of approx. 67 mm with 35 mm-format
  • Optical design
  • Number of lenses/groups:
    8 / 5
  • Position of entrance pupil:
    24.4 mm (related to the first lens surface in light direction)
  • Focusing range:
    0.7 m to infinity
  • Distance setting
  • Scales:
    Combined meter/feet graduation
  • Smallest object field:
    271 x 407 mm
  • Largest reproduction ratio:
  • Aperture
  • Setting/Function:
    With click-stops, half values available, manual diaphragm
  • Lowest value:
  • Bayonet:
    Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6 bit lens identification bar code for digital M models
  • Filter mount:
    Non-rotating, internal thread for screw-on filters size E 39
  • Lens hood:
    Built-in, extendable by rotating
  • Dimension and weight
  • Length:
    47 mm 
  • Largest diameter:
    Approx. 53 mm
  • Weight:
    Approx. 300 g 

Lens, lens cap front and back

Limited Warranty:
Leica Camera AG (‘LEICA’) provides a three-year product limited warranty for this LEICA camera valid from the date of purchase from an authorized LEICA dealer, including the accessories contained in the original packaging, which are valid for two years.

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH.

with Pedro Ferreira

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  • 5
    50 APO

    Posted by Amitava Chatterjee on Jan 5th 2021

    Leica’s 50mm APO Summicron is a fantastic lens in a tiny package. Image quality is glorious with incredible resolution and gorgeous micro-contrast in plentiful supply.