Snapshot Voyager is about my own personal photography journey. I am always looking to try something new, inquisitive as to how it works, and to the end results I might achieve.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Leica 50mmf1.5 Summarit – Black and White rendering

The Leica 50mmf1.5 Summarit was Leica’s super fast 50mm, and is the predecessor to the legendary Summilux.  My particular lens is an early screw mount model, made in either 1949 or 1950.  

As you can see from the picture below that was shot at f1.5, it is softer wide open and also has a traditional Leica rendering to the picture – the details and bokeh are a classic style, even though it was shot on the NEX.  When looking at the out of focus part of the picture, it would be easy to convince someone that this photo was taken 50 years ago, but the modern graffiti dates the picture as recent.  This picture was initially shot in colour and later converted to black and white.

It is quite a fun lens to shoot as the classic feeling of the photos is a very nice look, and it is also quite sharp when stopped down, even when compared to modern lenses.

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