Review and Photo example of the SUMMILUX R 50mm F1.4 Type-II E60.

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The Summilux R 50mm Type 2-E60 has a lens design that has been changed to improve image quality by increasing the lens configuration to 8 elements in 7 groups, a filter diameter of 60mm, and a larger front element to increase peripheral light intensity. This is a rare lens that was released in 1998 at the end of the Leica R series, with approximately 2,700 units produced.

The only difference in design between Type 1 (late model) and Type 2 is the filter diameter and focus ring design, and there are no major changes. The 2nd type has a fatter appearance than the 1st type due to the thicker lens barrel.
Summilux R 50mm Type 1-E55 (late model) has 6 elements in 5 groups and a filter diameter of 55mm.

Aspherical lenses are not supposed to be used, and I have never seen anything other than R-CAM and ROM terminals, and considering the time of manufacture, it seems that 3CAM does not exist.
This lens has a lens configuration with 6 elements in 5 groups and 2 lenses added to the rear group, and it looks like a lens design similar to the aspheric lens type of Summilux M released in 2006. Since it was released after the last spherical Summilux M, this is the last spherical Summilux 50mm.

As you can see in the lens comparison photo, this lens is the largest and has a large number of lenses, so it feels heavier and bulkier than other 50mm lenses. The hood doesn’t stretch much, which seems like an added bonus, but the lens itself has good backlight resistance, so it’s hardly a problem.
The gallery shows the results of shooting with DMR (LEICA R8 +Digital Module R). Due to the sensor size, the image is cropped to approximately 68mm, but I think you can get a feel for the sharpness and softness of the lens.

With the R8’s standard split finder, it is possible to focus even from wide open aperture without any problems. Additionally, this lens can be used with the EOS-1DsMKIII without any problems.
They occasionally appear on Yahoo! Auctions and eBay, but they come with fairly aggressive prices. The individual I own is 382xxxx, made in 1998, and is the lens when this lens was most commonly made.



focal length(mm)52.3
Maximum aperture1.4
Minimum aperture16
Lens configuration7groups 9elements
Minimum distance(m)0.5
Lens length(mm)51Distance from mount flange
Lens max diameter(mm)70
Filter diameter(mm)60

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  • 2024.02.20
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