Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/02

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Summilux 50 bo-ke?
Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2000 13:50:14 EDT

In a message dated 8/2/00 1:23:54 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< I am contemplating to buy a 1980's Summilux 50. Have anyone published 
anything on the web with this lens?
 I am very interested in looking at images using large apertures.
 T I A
 Hans >>

If you're referring to the M-mount, I had one of these lenses.  The images at 
large apertures (1.4-2.8) were nice and soft everywhere, with low contrast.  
A wonderful lens for low-light portraits in harsh light (which I rarely 
shot).  A disappointing lens for crisp tack-sharp images with lots of detail, 
which just happen to need large apertures for higher shutter speeds, (which 
is what I usually shot).  I sold mine for a new 50 Summicron, now use that 
with faster film or a 1-stop push and get much better results at f/2 than the 
Summilux did at f/1.4 (or 2 or 2.8 for that matter).

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