Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/12/03

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 50mm flare
From: John Collier <>
Date: Fri, 03 Dec 1999 17:35:10 -0700

I too have noticed the flare under the noted conditions with the 50mm
summicron. I was wondering if anyone would know how the later 50mm summilux
f1.4 might fare under the same conditions. Well perhaps not only know but
also would let us know.
Thank you

John Collier

>> There is one complaint I have with the 50 Summicron, especially
>> compared to
>> the new 35 Summicron ASPH - FLARE.  Bright, pinpoint sources are handled
>>very well by both lenses.  The 50 seems to have a very difficult time
>> with filtered or diffused backlighting behind the subject.  Better than most
>> lenses, but not even close to the 35 Summicron ASPH.<<<
> Agreed, except for the part about it being "better than most lenses."
> It's not.
> It's the #1 weakness of that lens.