Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron Rigid

Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron Rigid

The Leica summicron 50mm f/2 rigid is the most beautiful lens in the Leica 50mm lens. Leica lenses in the 1950s and 60s are very delicate and beautiful like the Leica m3. There is a clicking sound when turning the aperture ring, crisp and sweet. It’s a pity that this sound can’t be heard in later Leica lenses.

Rigid performance is very good, whether using film or digital.

Later summicron 50mm f/2 DR used the same optical design. DR can shoot at closer distances and is used as a macro lens. But many people prefer rigid because of its simplicity.

If elmar 50mm f/3.5 established the authority of the early Leica, rigid led the new trend of lenses after the 1950s. After decades of rigidity, even today, it is still the top lens. It is the world’s first lens designed using a computer. It is Leica’s first lanthanide glass lens.

Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron Rigid

Lens glass

In 1949 Leica developed its own lanthanide glass to increase the refractive index and reduce dispersion. This glass is not radioactive. Rigid uses leaded glass, which can increase the refractive index.


The rigid is not sharp, but delicate. Especially the minute details are abundant. And from high light to shadow tone is very natural, which makes many people obsessed.


Glare when facing the light.

rigid version

Narrow focus ring and wider focus ring.

Some are in feet scale, some are in meters scale, and some are in meters + feet.

There are L39 mouth and M mouth.

In the late 1950s, there were a black paint rigid version and a black paint DR version, which were good collections.

In some versions, the depth of field has a lettering at infinity. 7 or 18 represents the actual focal length of the lens is 51.6mm, 8 or 19 represents the actual 51.9mm, and A represents 52.2mm.

Image Simples

Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron Rigid
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Image Samples


Leica’s wide-angle lens LEICA 28MM F/2 SUMMICRON-M is a great lens. The image is very sharp from f/2, and each aperture is very similar. It is so good that there are not many stories in this lens.


LEICA 28MM F/2 SUMMICRON-M was released in the film age. It evolved from the fourth generation elmarit m28 2.8. The LEICA 28MM F/2 SUMMICRON-M has a good three-dimensional feel, and its style is between classic and modern lenses.

Air cutting

LEICA 28MM F/2 SUMMICRON-M bokeh is very smooth, “air cut”. The protagonist and background are a combination of sharpness and beauty. However, I don’t like its front bokeh, it’s not natural. The bokeh behind it is very good, making the picture clean and tidy without clutter.

Closer distance

The wide-angle lens does not put more things into it, but makes you closer to the subject.

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leica summicron-m 90mm f2 v1 review (black & white film)

leica m3 + summicron-m 90mm f2

There are three versions of the first generation leica summicron 90mm f/2. The optical design is the same. The main difference is the appearance.

What I like the most about leica summicron 90mm f/2 is the design of the hood. When the lens cover is pulled out, the lens hood is pulled out one by one, and finally the lens cover is removed. I have never seen a lens with such a magical design. Later Leica summicron m90/2 E55 and 90 AA did not have such a design.

The biggest weakness of the 90mm lens is the long focusing stroke and slow focusing speed. Another big weakness is the weight and size. The 90mm lens is actually a very useful focal length, especially for street photography. There are many masters of street photography with 90mm lenses in history. In fact, 90mm lens is most suitable for portraits.

For a 90mm lens, the biggest problem is not the sharpness problem, but the hand shaking problem. The success rate of 1/8s is still very low, and 1/15s is not much better. An iron hand is better than sharpness, trust me.

leica summicron 90mm f/2 v1 vs v2 v4

leica m2 + summicron 90mm f/2

The more sensible choice is the second-generation summicron m90/2 E55. The price is similar, but v2 is more beautiful, lighter, and smaller. The cheaper 90/4 is more cost-effective.

90mm VS 75mm

The 75mm frame is a problem, and many Leica m cameras do not have a 75mm frame. Any Leica m camera has a 90mm frame.

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Kentmere 400 black and white film

Kentmere 400


The general iso400 black and white film is particularly suitable for street photography. Kodak tri-x400 has attracted many people with its powerful impulse performance, and can be forced to iso800, iso1600, or even iso3200. But today we said that this kentmere400 is the opposite of the Kodak tri-x400. Forcing it will destroy it. It is recommended that you use iso400 properly.

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Kodak ULTRAMAX 400 First choice!

Kodak ULTRAMAX 400


This digital age is also very interesting to use film photography.

The film seems to usher in another spring. In the spring, there are many flowers blooming, and there are often some strange flowers that come out and start to fall. Only kodak ultramax400 does not fight or grab, there is no applause, forever universal roll.

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