Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/01/06

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 50/1.5 Summarit LTM
From: Jerry Lehrer <>
Date: Mon, 06 Jan 2003 19:36:39 -0800
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A Summarit is nothing but a coated Xenon.  However, since a Xenon
has TEN glass to air surfaces, it is an enormous improvement.

When you had it cleaned and "de-fungus'd", did you have it recoated?

Xenons always had superb bokeh, before I knew what bokeh was.


"Jeffery L. Smith" wrote:

> I bought a badly fungused 50/1.5 Summarit that I had cleaned by FocalPoint.
> Other than that, it is pristine (had the original Leitz UV filter on it
> which had probably never been removed. However, since it was out being
> cleaned for months, I never got into the swing of shooting with it.
> Anyone out there who can give me some background (characteristics) of this
> lens. My Leica M book suggests that it was an improvement over its
> predecessor, but isn't up to Summilux standards. I've never seen so many
> diaphragm blades on a lens, so I assume that the bokeh won't look like the
> Pentagon.
> What are this lens's strongest points?
> Jeffery Smith
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