Camera Porn: Leica M3 with LEICA 50mm f/2 SUMMICRON Dual Range

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So yea..this post will probably be dedicated entirely to a lens i’m very excited to finally call my own.

The Leica Summicron 50mm F2 lens Dual Range has been praised as an amazing piece of hardware for many years amongst street photographers and photographers in general for it’s great craftsmanship as well as it’s durability/performance.

Some people, notably Ken Rockwell (take with a grain of salt), state this as being the best lens Leica has ever made.

I’d like to state some of the reasons why he considers this to be the best:

This is LEICA’s greatest 50mm lens ever, and 50mm is the most important, useful and critical lens in any 35mm or full-frame system.

This SUMMICRON with near-focusing range is LEICA’s greatest 50mm lens because:

1.) Its optical performance is not significantly exceeded by any other lens,

2.) Its mechanics are significantly more solid and more precise than any other lens made by anyone — ever. It is a solid-brass scientific masterpiece.

3.) It is the closest-focusing 50mm lens ever made for LEICA M. Today’s lenses only focus to 0.7m, not 478 millimeters, but worse, newer lenses don’t optimize viewfinder magnification at close distances for correct framing. THe close-up attachment seen below not only recalibrates the rangefinder, it also changes the finder magnification slightly to mirror the slightly narrower angle of view at close range, as well as correcting for parallax.

Every lens before had slightly weaker optics and much weaker mechanics, while later lenses have much weaker mechanical construction. No LEICA lens has ever focused as close or as precisely.

The only SUMMICRON whose optical performance can slightly exceed this lens is LEICA’s current 50mm SUMMICRON-M (1979-today), however today’s lens only can focus to 0.7 meters, not the 478 millimeters of this great lens

Now i must admit, i do read his blog and have been for a while but i have also disagreed with some of the reviews he’s written in the past.

I will say this though, the man is dedicated and i have seen some very good imagery on his site, i believe he is very knowledgeable in photography and for sure has taught me a lot.

With that being said, i can’t disagree with the points he made here on why it’s a great lens.

I think these are AMAZING reasons to own one..but i won’t know until i hit the streets and put it to the test 😉

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Now for those of you who have had the luxury to work with more than one Leica lens (i’m jealous) letting everyone know that there were multiple versions of this lens made won’t be a surprise for you. (Rigid, Dual Range, Collapsible, etc..)

Here is a short youtube clip explaining the differences between them by Dan Tamarkin:

Now i believe my G.A.S. has been fulfilled lol and i’m definitely not planning on getting any new gear.

After all, i still have an M6 still out for CLA which is costing a pretty penny as well.

If you’d like some more info on this lens here is a great article from Cameraquest.com:

https://www.cameraquest.com/m50dr.htm

But as you all know there’s really only one reason why you get the gear and that’s to go out and use it!

I’ll be on the streets as always on the Hunt for that great shot

Hope to see you all out there!

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6 thoughts on “Camera Porn: Leica M3 with LEICA 50mm f/2 SUMMICRON Dual Range

  1. After having one as my main 50mm for two years of professional work, I can wholeheartedly agree with Ken on this. I don’t normally bond with my lenses the way I do my camera bodies, but this is my favorite lens ever. Hands down. The photos I get from it are among my favorites, the construction and aesthetics can’t be beat.

    Definitely Leica’s apex.

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