I love the satisfying sound of turning the aperture ring on my Leica Rigid lens. It’s a small, clean sound that reminds me of the snap of a flower stem. Unfortunately, this sound cannot be heard in later Leica lenses.
In my opinion, the Leica Rigid is the most beautiful 50mm lens in the world. Sadly, some things cannot be replicated in newer models.
On CMOS and CCD:
The Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron Rigid is an exceptional lens that performs well on both film and digital cameras. On CMOS and CCD sensors, it produces a gentler rendition and lower contrast.
Finding a Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron Rigid in good optical condition is no easy task. It’s rare for a lens of this age to be free of damage.
I was fortunate to find a 50mm f/2 Rigid at a very reasonable price, but its value has doubled in the last 5 years. If you’re on a budget, the Summicron-M 50mm V4 is a viable alternative. However, the Rigid is still a good second choice.
Rigid vs V4:
The Rigid is said to be sharper than the collapsible versions, but I now exclusively use the Summicron-M 50mm V4 as my 50mm lens. The V4 has better coatings and may even be sharper.
The Rigid DR is an excellent lens, but it’s a bit heavy. I found it to be best suited for black and white photography, while the V4 is amazing for color photography. However, I don’t recommend the Rigid DR, as it won’t be compatible with a digital Leica camera.contact: email@example.com © 2020 Zhao Zhenguo. All Rights Reserved.
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