LEICA 50mm f/2 SUMMICRON-M v4 and v5 Black & White Film


LEICA 50mm f/2 SUMMICRON-M v4 and v5 Designer

Mandler, Dr. Walter Legendary Leica lens designer and CEO of Ernst Leitz Canada figured out a long time ago how to make a good quality 50mm lens, and the result is that the optical performance of even the least expensive 50mm prime outshines many other brands.


Most Leica 50mm Summicron lenses represent excellent value for money. However, when making a purchase it is wise to bear in mind that modern models of the same lens have better build quality.

v4 = v5

Leica has many 50mm Summicron lenses ( v1 collapsible Summicron / v2 rigid / v3 High Leg / v4 v5 Mandler) in its current range. And they released version 5 in 1994.You may notice some difference in image quality between the v1 and v2 – but you will not notice the difference between the v4 and v5 .

Wide maximum apertures

For me this is the most exciting aspect of 50mm lenses. Leica Summicron lens has an aperture of f2. It helps you take photos with a shallow depth-of-field. This photo was taken at f2 with a 50cron v4 :


street photography

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v4 is a nice walk-around lens to take on a day out. On a Leica M camera it’s a convenient focal length for street photography. It works well for portraits, as long as you don’t mind a little distortion.


But there is one more thing. A Summilux lens has an aperture of f1.4. That’s over one stop. It makes a difference when shooting in low light as you can open up the lens rather than increasing the ISO. But Summilux costs a lot of money.

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