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I bought a 35/2 v4 last week. The seller said I can return it if I don't like in two weeks. Now I found 35mm is too wide to me, and I want a 50mm. How is Summicron 50mm f/2? My MP is 0.72x, will the frame in the viewfinder be too small when using 50mm lens? Thanks!

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The 50mm Summicron is an excellent lens in any version. Is the one you are considering the latest?

 

As for framelines, you can easily see for yourself if you use the preview lever on your camera.

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Hi there and welcome to the forum.

 

My 50mm Summicron IV should be arriving this week - can't wait. There is really no problem with seeing the frame lines - even with a x1.25 magnifier. I was using as my main lens a cv 40mm Nokton and found that I needed just that little bit more reach - hence the step up to 50mm.

 

The 50mm Summicron is one of the finest lenses that Leica has built, and still sets the world standard for this focal length. I spent sometime weighing up if I should buy a new Summarit or a used Cron. At the end of the day the Cron won.

 

Andreas

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The 50mm Summicron is an excellent lens in any version. Is the one you are considering the latest?

 

As for framelines, you can easily see for yourself if you use the preview lever on your camera.

 

Yes, the latest one. Is it printed "50" on and with built-in hood?

I have seen it before, I am new for using Leica, so I just wanna ask some experienced people whether it is nice to use 50mm on 0,72x body.

Thank you!

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My 50/2 is resting comfortably after a busy week out and about in temperatures ranging from -12°F to nearly +40°F.

 

Perhaps my most used lens- though the 28/2.0 ASPH is gaining. I print 16x20" prints from negs made with the 50 easily, retaining detail right out into the corners. You won't go wrong with the 50/2.0:

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It is a very nice lens, one of my favourites and not large. The latest version has the number 22 printed next to the m of the distance scale to indicate that the actual focal length is 52.2mm. Maybe earlier versions do also?

 

Jeff

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It is a very nice lens, one of my favourites and not large. The latest version has the number 22 printed next to the m of the distance scale to indicate that the actual focal length is 52.2mm. Maybe earlier versions do also?

 

Jeff

 

Is this the latest one?

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Yep, that's the latest one. No different to the Summicron IV. The optical cell has not changed since 1979 - only a few cosmetic changes (focus tabs, no tabs, clip on hood, pull out hood etc).

 

Andreas

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Yep, that's the latest one. No different to the Summicron IV. The optical cell has not changed since 1979 - only a few cosmetic changes (focus tabs, no tabs, clip on hood, pull out hood etc).

 

Andreas

Thank you very much!

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My 50/2 is resting comfortably after a busy week out and about in temperatures ranging from -12°F to nearly +40°F.

 

Perhaps my most used lens- though the 28/2.0 ASPH is gaining. I print 16x20" prints from negs made with the 50 easily, retaining detail right out into the corners. You won't go wrong with the 50/2.0:

 

Thank you for your comment and photos as well!

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It is a very nice lens, one of my favourites and not large. The latest version has the number 22 printed next to the m of the distance scale to indicate that the actual focal length is 52.2mm. Maybe earlier versions do also?

 

Jeff

 

 

The focal length of each lens is measured individually, then stamped on the barrel. Hence some may have 51.2 or 51.9 or whatever.

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I have to concur with my previous, well, posters, I just traded a 50mm Summicron when buying a 50mm Summilux (actually the first time I sold photographic equipment but I didn't want to have two 50mm lenses).

 

However, the 50mm Summicron is an excellent lens, being much smaller and weighting less compared to the 50mm Summilux Asph. In my view the Summilux is still the gold standard for a double gauss design.

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Yes, the latest one. Is it printed "50" on and with built-in hood?

I have seen it before, I am new for using Leica, so I just wanna ask some experienced people whether it is nice to use 50mm on 0,72x body.

Thank you!

 

No problem at all on a .72x viewfinder, no problem with the M8 .68x viewfinder.

I very rarely use anything wider then a 50mm on M film cameras, it just suits me.

 

The 50mm Summicron is one of the best lenses ever made, only surpassed by other Leica lenses like the 50mm Summilux ASPH and 75mm Summicron, IMHO.

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The focal length of each lens is measured individually, then stamped on the barrel. Hence some may have 51.2 or 51.9 or whatever.

 

Hi Andy,

 

I've never seen the latest 50cron with anything but 22?

 

Jeff

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Wonderful. Use it and a 35 Summicron asph most of the time. After all it is known as the standard lens and it certainly sets the standard on my M6 Classics 0.72

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Hi Andy,

 

I've never seen the latest 50cron with anything but 22?

 

Jeff

 

Mine's a 22 too, it's a conspiracy Leica never made a 50mm?

 

4.4% contingency

 

Not bad

 

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I too have the 22 on the focusing ring. I have the 50mm and 35mm v4 summicrons. I use them both all the time (practically interchangeablly depending on the situation) and have never found any lenses that surpass them in image quality.

Paul

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I use 50 cron on my M6 0.72 vf ... and I like it ... of course it's the only M lens I have at the moment

 

However, sometimes I wish I had a 1.25 magnifier so that focusing can be a little bit easier. It's not difficult at the moment, espescially when I remember to use the dof scale and do scale focusing. The thing is, being a rangefinder newbie I often forget to do that (scale focusing) and still focus like I always do using a SLR... carefully focusing it and make sure that the image is completely focus.

 

Bob

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