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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 50mm flare
From: "Dan S" <>
Date: Sat, 04 Dec 1999 04:51:06 GMT

Are we talking about the M or the R.  I have found the R to be flare prone, 
but not the M.

By the way Mikiro, are you still using the new formula Elmar 50?  If so do 
you still like it?  The size and weight are looking attractive to me.


>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 
>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 
> >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 
> >>>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.

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