Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/10/16

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Leica normal lenses
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 11:31:44 -0400

So do you KNOW something Emanuel - Because as much as I'd love to see an
updated and improved 50 Summilux, I've heard many times that it's highly
unlikely Leica will ever replace the current Summilux 50 because it is a
very slow seller. No?

B. D.

- -----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Frank
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2003 11:18 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica normal lenses


I've heard of the likelihood of a new Summilux 50 - perhaps to match the
new Summilux 
50 for the R system.  I have not, however, heard anything about a new
Noctilux.  Is there something I've missed or is it pure speculation.
Does Leica have something in the pipes? Just wondering because I'm
always "in the market" for a noctilux but can't ever bring myself to by
one.  Weird.

Thanks in advance,


- -----Original Message-----
From: Emanuel Lowi <>
Sent: Oct 15, 2003 9:00 PM
Subject: [Leica] Leica normal lenses

Jim Zietz  wrote:

>I have a 50 Summilux from the 70's that I'm not totally thrilled with. 
>My other two lenses are the 35 Summilux-M Asph and the 90 Apo 
>Summicron-M, which seem nearly perfect. The 50 just doesn't measure up 
>to these.
>So, would a 50 Summicron-M be of comparable quality (resolution, 
>contrast, etc.)? I'm afraid that if I buy a new lens, Leica will come 
>out with a new Apo-Summicron 50 just to spite me. It seems to me that a

>new 50 is due.

The current 50/2 is a great lens (if perhaps not in the class of the
90/2 AA or the 35/1.4 ASPH). 
But Leica probably WILL introduce a 50/1.4 ASPH and
a new 50/1 within the next year. So if lens speed is important to you,
wait. If compact size and lower price are important, buy the current
50/2 (or any other 50/2 M lens by Leica -- they're all excellent).

Emanuel Lowi
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