This is not a review, just my own personal experience of using this lens. Please understand that this is not my everyday lens, and I think to fully understand the lens character, one must spend quite sometime with it, use it under a lot of situations and lighting conditions. What I had was just a brief experience, so I think this post would not represent the full performance of this particular lens, thus I consider this as my first impression, not a judgement.
I bought this lens on November 2011. If there’s someone to blame, that person is Thorsten Von Overgaard , the Danish Photographer, during his seminar in Hong Kong. (and I am sure if he read this, he would smile……yup everyone’s getting rigid nowadays). Apart from that, because this lens looks so beautiful.
According to the serial number, this lens was made in 1958. I wrapped it up like 3 month ago, in a very mint condition, and I only had a couple of opportunity to use it. Due to popular belief, it is being said as one of the best Classic Leica lens that one should own. I will see about that, because I will put this lens on my camera everyday for the next 1 month….no summilux, no noctilux, no aspherical, no floating element, just me and this summicron rigid.
This is my first quite-decent shot of my daughter with this lens, a very nice bokeh in my opinion. That’s a good start….because I love bokeh.
Here’s another one, I shoot a girl with traditional Chinese Costume in CNY celebration, first thing I notice while I was processing this on Lightroom, it lacks of contrast. But I understand this issue, since this lens was designed for film, not a CCD sensor.
Sharpness, it is sharp. Aspherical sharp? no, a classic sharp. Back in film-era, they did not zoom 100% or 500%….just an A4 sized paper to judge the sharpness, so I called it an A4 sharp, good enough for me since I dont really care about sharpness that much.
Another positive thing I can mention is, this lens is small and light…and I think it is lighter than my Summicron 35. This picture below, I put it side by side with my friend’s 5D with 135mm L lens attached (just off the topic honorable mention, Canon 135mm L is a fine lens )
I will post some of my shots with summicron 50mm rigid in near future, I’ve also been curious how it handles backlight (some said it handle really well, even better than the aspherical one). I will see about that.
Again, this is very subjective article, a personal experience that is. If you really want the reliable review, please visit my friend site, Thorsten’s review of 50mm Summicron(II) …..a very good review.
Thank you for reading my blog, I really appreciate it.
Updated 4/4/2012 : Follow this link for Backlight Shot with Summicron Rigid 50mm