FS: Leica Summarit 50mm f1.5

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  1. Mark Crabtree

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    Leica M mount Summarit 50mm f1.5
    Nice user condition.
    $195 plus shipping. US shipping.

    If you are familiar with this lens you know its lovely image quality. Creamy bokeh at every aperture (to my eye) and can even get swirly wide open. If you aren't familiar there are lots of wide open Summarit images posted online.

    Wide open it is soft with adequate detail in the central part of the image and a beautiful glow on b&w or color. At f2.8 it becomes a respectably sharp lens and continues to improve as stopped down (but this still ain't no Summicron).

    For me, the images are most interesting from f1.5 to f2 or just a bit more, with f2 being noticeably sharper and contrastier (if that is what you want).

    This is the best of several Summarits I've owned over the years. I had this one cleaned and I see no noticeable haze (a common issue). As usual with these old coatings, there ARE noticeable coating marks that I don't find worrisome, but Summarits are never going to be for the fussier Leica types.

    Pictures later if needed.
     
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    Great lens. I tried one out a while back, and loved it. Great price!
     
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    I thought so. One with haze sold for $259 yesterday at that auction site.

    It's not my deodorant is it?

    Pictures soon. Interesting trades welcome. This may be ultimate spouse flattering lens; it is the one lens your wife (or significant other) will be glad you bought.
     
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    Where is the lens located?
     
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    West "By God" Virginia

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    50 Summarit
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    I'm still working on pictures to show the clear glass (lack of haze), and to try to show the coating marks. Several extra hands would help.
     
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    Tempting. Great condition too! But I need another 50 like I need a hole in the head.
     
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    Definitely. I sent you a message. Sorry if you got it already :blink:
     
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    Carry on. You fellows let me know if you need me for anything.

    softshock - Send me some of that money you get out of 2F/2F.
    2F/2F - I pm'd about the other lenses. You still interested in any or all?
     
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    Pictures of the Summarit glass

    Several people wanted more info on the condition of the glass. I've tried to take pictures to show it as best I can.

    I don't see any noticeable haze (the lens was professionally cleaned a few years ago). There are light marks in the coating, mostly on the front. They will not effect resolution and should not effect contrast or flare, especially with a lens hood (highly recommended).

    The first two pictures show the clear glass. The third and forth are extremely glaring light to show up the coating marks (fine cleaning marks and a light circular rub toward the center). I onto a couple test shots I made with the lens (not on film) I can post later if wanted.
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    Sale pending. Thanks for all the interest.
     
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    SO tempting. Like I really need another Leica 50 though...(5 so far) Please someone (else!) buy this...

    -Brian
     
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    Sold. So you are safe for the moment Brian.
     
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