Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2 review

The Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2 is a real gem of the Leica prime range

5 Star Rating
 Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2
(Image: © Sebastian Oakley / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

For those looking for an M-mount 50mm lens that is compact, well-constructed, and really packs a punch in image quality and contrast the Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2 is the ideal candidate to keep on your camera for a very long time. With its optical quality almost on par with the 50mm APO, I would say that the 50mm Summicron-M f/2 is a real gem of a lens.


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    Compact form factor

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    Amazing image quality

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    Built like a tank


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    39mm filter thread

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The Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2 has long been the little brother to the more attractive Leica 50mm APO Summicron-M f/2 APSH, but just because it's less expensive and might not have the global reputation of the APO doesn't mean it should be overlooked.

This lens is without a doubt a true delight for all 50mm users, It is compact, has a quick focus throw, renders images to a superb standard, and also has a built-in lens hood that slides out - all in all it is a true dream for all 50 mm users, while it might be missing the Leica traditional focus tab the 50mm Summicron-M f/2 operates wonderfully, but scroll down and find out full thoughts on this little delight.

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.