4th Compare: Zeiss C Sonnar vs Leica Summilux-M (and 1955 Summicron)

So, I decided to throw the 1955 Summicron 2/50 Collapsable into the mix. Muhahaha! For this first test, the three were shot at their respective wide-openness from relatively the same vantage point (I was too low to use a tripod). Above is the modern f/1.5 Zeiss Sonnar. Below find the modern f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH and 1955 f/2 Summicron versions. 

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2nd Compare: Zeiss C Sonnar vs Leica Summilux-M

For round #2, I have 4 SOOC shots for you today. Zeiss on the left, Leica on the right. Top row is wide open, second row is f/5.6. These were all taken at ISO 160 through Leica M-E on a tripod. See below for individual images. Take note of the subtle yet present vignetting of the two top images (Zeiss 1.5 / Leica 1.4). I'd suggest opening the crops below in separate tabs and switching between them - the differences begin to stand out.

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1st Compare: Zeiss C Sonnar vs Leica Summilux-M

I'll let this first compare speak for itself. These were both taken at ISO 160 at their respective wide-open apertures. Shutter was adjusted for changing light - so by no means scientific here. Just an average Joe's snaps, compared side by side. What are your thoughts? See individual images below - click to embiggen.

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Leica Summilux-M 1.4/50 ASPH

I think the only thing I love more than this new Leica setup is my family. So today, I want to chat a little about the Lux 50. Many review sites out there have touted the Leica Summilux-M 1.4/50 ASPH as the most perfect lens ever made. I concur.  I've only had it about a month, but have used it in many conditions ranging from snow to bright light to low light in shady bars.  As I get more used to it, I find that it's slowly starting to eclipse anything I have previously owned.  As always, this won't be a very technical review - just some hands on examples of what I have been shooting with the 50 - allowing the photos to speak for themselves, more or less.

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