The 50mm Lens

Last weekend while recording the podcast with Cody and Thomas, we were discussing 50mm lenses and our love of them. I knew I owned a bunch of different ones over the years, but didn't realize how many until I started counting them off. Holy crap - I have issues I think. I can't believe the number of 50's I have purchased in the last 10 years (give or take).

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Leica Summicron 2/50 Review

I guess it is time to give a first look review of the Leica Summicron 2/50. I am planning a second review / compare down the road where I will pit it head to head with the Carl Zeiss C Sonnar 1.5/50 - my favorite lens which is also in dire need of a proper film review. For now, I am going to give my initial impressions of the lens and the first 3 rolls I have shot through it.

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Vintage 1955 Summicron (M) 2/50 Collapsible

No, not time for a review. This is just a quick post with a couple samples (SOOC) taken with a vintage 1955 Summicron 50 that I just picked up from KEH. The lens is in pretty nice condition, considering it's age (58 years) and shows just the slightest wear on the chrome. The glass is really clean, even though it was listed as haze/fungus - I strain to see any. Sadly, there are no front or rear caps that came with it - so have a replacement set coming from Amazon. $9 total for the set. As you can see from the images below, it creates some really nice images - nowhere near as sharp as the Summilux wide open - but will step through the other stops to find its various qualities. This is my first collapsible lens and almost forgot to extend it before my first shot!

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