Bokeh easily ranks among the most popular photography effects, perhaps because it’s powerful yet easy to do. Photographers typically use bokeh to keep the rest of the image out of focus. But for street photography, using bokeh does not guarantee your photos will be amazing. Not every subject lends itself well to bokeh. However, if you’re focusing on a single person, bokeh can prove a good choice.
The Leica Summilux-m 50 1.4 e43 is a particular vintage lens with a narrow depth of field. This bokeh camera lens features a traditional optical design upgrade from Summarit 5cm f/1.5 that maintains high corner-to-corner resolution throughout the focus range, even at f/1.4 maximum aperture. At f/1.4 the background light spots become ovals towards the sides of images. In recent years, this lens has become a great favorite with photographers intent on creativity, and prices have rocketed as a result. Some like this traditional bokeh, and some do not. If you like modern bokeh(completely smooth washes of tone), then you should consider experimenting with the newest Leica Summilux-m 50mm f/1.4 ASPH.
Most street photographer’s work has been done with relatively deep depth-of-field and very few of them are shot wide-open. Street photography is about moving subjects.It will become too difficult to keep your subject in focus, if you set your aperture at f/1.4 or f/2, most of the bokeh images having serious focus issues. But, I was the kind of “Bokeh” guy. Why? It is that I don’t want to set your rules and restrictions in my street photography.
It’s often impossible to use wider apertures in daylight. A variable ND filter allows you to get down to the desired f-stop of 1.4 even in bright conditions giving you much more control for portrait shots with sweet bokeh!
Production period: 1962-2004 Code: 11114(black) bayonet, 11868 (black anodised), 11856(silver chrome), 11869(titanium) from 1995, 1 1621 V-Summilux, screw mount
Total production: na
Maximum aperture: 1: 1. 4
Focal length(nominal): 50mm
Minimum distance: 100cm. later 70cm
Weight: 360-275/380 grams
Filter: E43. later E46