Zeiss ZM 50mm f/1.5 Sonnar for Leica

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The 50mm Sonnar is an extremely compact lens, especially considering its wide aperture. Its design and coatings provide excellent flare resistance and its popular for photojournalism and street photography. With a bit more distortion than the Biogon lenses, it may not be quite as good for architectural work, but then this focal length isn’t particularly suited to that work anyway.

Steve’s Take

One of my favorite 50’s EVER! It is dreamy and classic wide open and by f/2.8, it is as sharp as any Leica equivilant. It’s like a Jeckyl and Hyde…two lenses in one! The build is great, feel is nice and it is small and light. This lens is pretty much resistant to flare and it has that special classic “glow” that is sometimes associated with Leica images.

TIP: This lens can exhibit focus shift when shot wide open but its an easy fix. When shooting wide open just nudge the focus forward a tiny bit!

Because Roger has limited rangefinder capabilities, we’ve asked Steve Huff, who provides excellent reviews at SteveHuffPhoto to pinch hit.
Filter Size
46mm (nonrotating)
9.1 oz.
Minimum Focusing Distance
2.7 feet
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
46 degrees
Aperture Blades
9 curved, circular shape
Aspherical Elements
Leica M

LensRentals.com offers rentals ranging in length from 1 to 90 days. The shopping cart will automatically update the quoted price as you adjust the length of your rental. Our most common rental periods are shown below:

Rental Period Waiver Price Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $4.00 $42.00 $46.00 $15.33
4 days $5.00 $45.00 $50.00 $12.50
7 days $6.00 $60.00 $66.00 $9.43
10 days $8.00 $81.00 $89.00 $8.90
14 days $11.00 $105.00 $116.00 $8.29
21 days $14.00 $141.00 $155.00 $7.38
30 days $18.00 $177.00 $195.00 $6.50
45 days $23.00 $231.00 $254.00 $5.64
60 days $27.00 $270.00 $297.00 $4.95
90 days $35.00 $348.00 $383.00 $4.26
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $42.00 $14.00
4 days $45.00 $11.25
7 days $60.00 $8.57
10 days $81.00 $8.10
14 days $105.00 $7.50
21 days $141.00 $6.71
30 days $177.00 $5.90
45 days $231.00 $5.13
60 days $270.00 $4.50
90 days $348.00 $3.87

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