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View Poll Results: Which Leica 50/2 Summicron "does it for you" the most?
Version 1: Collapsible 147 14.64%
Version 2: Rigid 172 17.13%
Version 3: Dual Range 201 20.02%
Version 4: Black 107 10.66%
Version 5: Black with "50" 148 14.74%
Version 6: Black with "50" & built-in hood 229 22.81%
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Your favourite 50/2 Summicron?
Old 11-14-2006   #1
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Post Your favourite 50/2 Summicron?

Simply put, I'd like to know which is your favourite version of Leica's venerable M-mount 50mm f2 Summicron lens.

Feel free to elaborate why you made your choice if you'd like.

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Old 11-14-2006   #2
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Got it for almost nothing and I'll be keeping it until I'm, well, rigid.
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Old 11-14-2006   #3
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The Rigid is old-class magic.

The 5th tabbed and 6th hooded are wonderful as well.

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Old 11-14-2006   #4
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wait, we can only vote once ???
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Old 11-14-2006   #5
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well I only have one and its my favourite

its black, got no tab and no 50 written on it, so I think its version 4.
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Old 11-14-2006   #6
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Everyone will vote for what they have I guess, there is no truth to be seen in this topic and what I hate most there is no clean and fast place to get old leicas!
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Old 11-14-2006   #7
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I've voted for the latest, hooded version as it's the one I own and thus I take much better pictures with it than the ones I don't have
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Old 11-14-2006   #8
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its black, got no tab and no 50 written on it, so I think its version 4.
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Old 11-14-2006   #9
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Eek, I voted version 5 while I meant 4... apologies!
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Old 11-14-2006   #10
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Having owned 1,2,3, and 5.....I voted for the Rigid. They are all great, the rigid is just right for me.
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Old 11-14-2006   #11
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Mine is black no 50 on it so I voted black v4 ? the first 4 digits are 2386*** and I'm happy with it :-)
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Old 11-14-2006   #13
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I don't own one yet, but when I do, I'd like it to be a 5th, for the focusing tab, so that operating it is as similar as possible to the 35 Summicron I also use.
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The collapsible, of course.
That's the only one i have!
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Old 11-14-2006   #15
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I have both the collapsible screwmount version and a black tabbed version. I'm choosing the black tabbed one because its aperture clicks easier than my the collapsible(mostly becuase the old one needs a cleaning), and it doesn't have an annoying infinity lock.

And hey its black! It looks good on my black TTL
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Old 11-14-2006   #16
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50 Summicron DR

it's the only 50mm I have. Compared with my other Leica lenses it is the smoothest and most beautiful on the M4. Especially when the "eyes" are mounted.

Quality of the pics are exellent and so is the contrast, but, needs a hood sometimes, that prevent flare...
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Old 11-14-2006   #17
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The regid, this is the one I have, but I would like to have teh DR.
BTW, just to be bold (for once), dous the DR fits the M8 ?
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Old 11-14-2006   #18
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Tabbed version or 5th as you call it. You gotta have a tab.
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Old 11-14-2006   #19
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wish they had a tab on the elmar which would make it the perfect 50 for me.

I am a fan of 50-ties lenses and I like the tabbed 5th too, but the Elmar is still favorit, the new 2.8 version that is.
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Old 11-14-2006   #20
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Picking one is hard. I guess my version 4. The DR/Rigid ones are nice and smooth, but not as good at 2.0 and 2.8. The last ones are very sharp, perhaps too sharp for everything.

I have a new 2.8 Elmar and it is very nice, but again can br too sharp like the `cron.
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Old 11-14-2006   #21
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I've had two #6 lenses and did not like either and I am a new(ish) owner of #2 so I voted for that one. I do not like the infinity lock on the rigid but I am trying to get used to it. Lovely lens though.
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Old 11-14-2006   #22
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The collapsible. It collapses, for God's sake, that is too cool. Plus, I can use it on all my cameras. Plus, I can put the SOOKY on in for close ups.
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Got my strongly scratched collapsible, a $50 ebay bargain, recoated and cla'd by JvS - it's my favourite 50 since.

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Ergonomically, #4, last Wetzlar version is by far the best. Optically, #5 or #6, the current versions because of superior wide open performance with least amounts of flare of any version. By default then, it's the not listed overpriced 50 yr. anniversary version because of the classic look from the 50's, scalloped focusing ring and detachable hood.
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Old 11-14-2006   #25
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I like the latest Summicron. The telescoping hood is super handy. Since this is not the most flare-free lens in the universe, it needs a hood. (The most common flare which mine gets is the hazy diffuse type, which causes images to have that gawd-awful "classic" look, i.e. crappy contrast.) However, like Magus, I wish the hood locked into place when extended.

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i'm really glad to see the results here. it looks the DR/Rigid are leading, which makes me feel good about my recent DR pruchase as my first leica lens.

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Old 11-14-2006   #27
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Version V aka tabbed. "It does it for me the most" because it's the only 50 Summicron I have
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did you get the Rigid or DR?
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I voted for the first rigid version. I love it on my M3. It performs just right;enough contrast and sharpness. It looks super classic in chrome on a chrome M3.

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Quote:
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Got my strongly scratched collapsible, a $50 ebay bargain, recoated and cla'd by JvS - it's my favourite 50 since.

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Didier: What was the total cost of the recoating and CLA?

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did you get the Rigid or DR?
the dr w/eyes and an m4-2 body.
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Which 50mm Summicron is my favorite? Easy. The one I own. The one I use a lot! The one I LOVE!

Circa 1961 50/2.0 Dual Range Summicron. Finest kind!
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The best Summicron 50 is...


...the Hexanon 50.
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The Hexanon 50 is in a class above the Summicrons. The Summicron's are OK for b&w, but the M-Hexanon's clearly outperform with color.


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The question should be "What is your favorite 50mm Planar?" All the 50mm Summicrons, and the Hexanon are Planar derivatives. I love my 50mm Planar ZM:

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The best Summicron 50 is...


...the Hexanon 50.

shhhhhhhh, that is a secret Kevin We don't want to drive the prices up !
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Where is this?

The photo could use some straightening and fixing, let me know ifyou want me to do some fixes in picasa for you.


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The question should be "What is your favorite 50mm Planar?" All the 50mm Summicrons, and the Hexanon are Planar derivatives. I love my 50mm Planar ZM:

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My preference is for the chrome rigid. I traded my DR for it since I never used the close focus feature.
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