SUMMILUX-M 1.4 / 50 3rd(Titan)

This is a review of using the Leica SUMMILUX-M 1.4/50 3rd(Titan color) with a digital camera.

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The third generation M-type SUMMILUX has an amber lens coating and a beautiful minimalist design with a simple cylindrical lens barrel with no bumps and no dents, which was continued from the first generation, and a built-in hood that further accentuates the cylindrical look.
The final E55 model of the R-type SUMMILUX is thought to have a similar coating.
Although the images are not as sharp as those of the 4th generation aspherical lenses, they are clearer than those of old lenses, and there were many scenes where I liked the rendering, which was not overly sharp.
The built-in hood is not long enough to be practical, just a little longer than the genuine LEICA 46mm lens filter when pulled out, and since it is not light-shielding, I rarely used it extended. If I dare to praise this small hood, it does not obstruct the viewfinder window because of its length.
I assume that the evolution of lens coatings during this period improved backlight resistance, and this kind of hood became an added bonus.
In the used market, it is quite common to find M-type lenses of the same age, including this lens, with fogging. The type of glass, balsam material, etc. may be prone to fogging depending on the storage conditions.

Leica L/M mount lens with a focal length of 50mm.
The third generation SUMMILUX-M50mm was made from 1992 to 2006.
There are many color variations: black, silver, titanium, and black paint. The black paint is limited and has a different focus ring design.
There are M-mount and L-mount lenses, and the minimum focusing distance for the M-mount lenses has been changed to 0.7m. Note that the L-mount version is a silver-colored limited edition and the minimum focusing distance is limited to 1 m to match that of the Barnack Leica. The L-mount version is a silver-colored limited edition.

focal length(mm)50
Maximum aperture1.4
Minimum aperture22
Leaf blade8
Lens configuration5groups 7elements
Minimum distance(m)0.7Camera distance meter interlocked in all areas
Lens length(mm)55Distance from mounting surface
Lens max diameter(mm)49
Filter diameter(mm)46mmE46

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