Photoessay: More street images from the Leica 50/2 APO-Summicron ASPH and M9-P

Another batch of images that I just got around to processing…shot with the 50/2 APO-Summicron ASPH and M9-P. Enjoy! MT

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Comments

  1. Paul H. Buch says:

    Thank you, Ming. Your comment that you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between a good sample of the 50 lux and 50 APO helps a lot. Thank you!

  2. Paul H. Buch says:

    Thanks a lot, Ming.

    I know you’re right about the extra stop. However, my focus lies more on the different (??) rendering of the lenses. Can you please tell me if you realized a kind of special pop in the images taken with the 50 APO as opposed to the images taken with the 50 Lux? Is there a great difference in how the lenses draw? What besides sharpness is special about the 50 APO?

    • Almost complete lack of CA. Both lenses have the ‘modern Leica’ look, which is characterized by a harp transition between in focus and out of focus, and very smooth bokeh. I’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between a good sample of the 50 lux and 50 APO both at f2 though.

  3. Paul H. Buch says:

    Ming, now that the 50 APO is about to be released I would love to hear if you would (I know you don’t buy one) prefer the 50 APO over the 50 Lux. Is it worth the extra money in your view (if one doesn’t need the extra stop the Lux offers)? As your great “Camerapedia” shows you are absolutely amazed by the 50 Lux so the 50 APO might be hard to justify.

    Some people that had the possibility of testing the 50 APO report that the lens is very sharp and that the images truly pop. Can you make a statement in that regard? I would really be interested what you think. Is the 50 APO discernible better?

    • I’d rather have the extra stop, because the M9’s high ISO performance is limited – you will frequently use it. And even if you can make do with f2, going down a stop in ISO will improve image quality dramatically. I know that it’s very, very difficult to do the 50 APO justice under most shooting conditions because you’re shooting handheld and there’s the whole RF calibration issue; I just don’t personally shoot that way with a rangefinder so the Lux would make more sense. It would probably be different if I was a landscape or still life shooter tied to a tripod, though.

  4. Really amazing. The shots really pop with this APO Cron. In your opinion do you think it will out perform the 75 APO?

  5. Thanks again, Ming. In your initial review, you described the 50 APO as having “transparent” image quality, and to provide an accurate representation of the subject. Now you have had a chance to revisit your 50 AA shots, have your views on this lens changed?

  6. Hi Ming

    these are good, are they all wide open at f2?

  7. Hi Ming,

    Just want to know how the 50mm Summicron APO does against (flare resistance?), since the non-APO doesn’t do so well in this department.

    Thanks

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  1. […] In your initial review, you described the 50 APO as having “transparent” image quality, and to provide an accurate representation of the subject. Now you have had a … Seite 2 – Leica User Forum says: June 21, 2012 at 5:34 …  […]

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