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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.
Try and buy: If you have rented this lens from us to try it out, we can deduct the 4 day rental price from the purchase of a new Zeiss 50mm f1.5 Sonnar anytime within 6 months of your rental.
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
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