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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 50mm flare
From: Mikiro <>
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 1999 02:36:07 +0100

My Summicron 50mm (latest) is prone to veiling glare even though it is a
superb performer at full aperture in low light situations. :-(  In my
experience, it often gives glare in the center even in shots on cloudy days
with the sky in the upper 1/4 area.  This may be detected more easily in B&W
than in colour.  I have never experienced such glare with lenses from N and



At 1:35 AM +0100 4/12/99, John Collier wrote:
>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.