This is a f1.2 lens. I hope you don’t expect to see photos taken with an aperture smaller than that.
If you do, this post is probably not for you anyway 😏
I guess this is the first thing you do when you get a Leica; you take a mirror selfie. As this was my first M camera, I had a lot to learn. A lot of pictures to take. So I did just that.
If you like coffee, I don’t think you will have issues seeing so many photos related to it. Truth be told, many times I have just cooked coffee so I could take a picture of it. There is just something calm and relaxing about this type of pictures, at least for me.
Now, as you can probably see, this lens helps greatly with that. Bokeh is so smooooth and nice. The focus “fall-off” happens pretty fast, so the images just pop.
One thing which surprised me a lot is the sharpness of the lens. I am talking wide open of course. It is phenomenally sharp. Second thing which surprised me even more, although probably because I never had an M camera before, is how easy is to focus! I’d say even easier than on other cameras which have focus peaking.
The lens fits Leica M10 nicely. It is not too big, but a bit bulky for my taste. The only thing I didn’t like is the shiny ring in front of the lens. I see that they moved to a black ring on some newer lenses, like 50mm f1.0. Looks dope!
Not sure why but I really like this picture of my folding medium format camera. There is something with how the out of focus areas are rendered, they just melt away, making subject stand out. Check the full resolution on Flickr (links are under every image) to get a feel of technical part of image quality :)
There is something with manual focus lenses and Leica cameras. Incredibly nice combo. You really get “that” feeling of photography again.
This lens helps greatly with that as the focus ring slides smoothly, aperture ring is clicky and it will not move easily by mistake or accidental touch.
All in all, for me, 50mm focal length is the perfect one for Leica M cameras. And it seems that this lens is the sweet spot between the price and optical quality.
What do you folks think about it? Did you like the pictures?