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LEICA SUPER ELMAR-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH.
More than 30 years after the launch of Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm, which is still available, the Leica APO Summicron-M
1:2/50 mm ASPH. represents a totally new development. With its compact body - only marginally longer and slightly heavier than
the Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm, and with an almost identical diameter, it provides visibly higher image quality. On the Leica APO
Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm ASPH. the exceptional correction enables all aberrations to be reduced to a minimum level that is negli-
gible in digital photography. Its key features include excellent contrast rendition, all the way to the corners of the image, even with
a fully open aperture. The use of a „oating element“ ensures that this is retained, even for close-up shots. Vignetting is limited to
a maximum - i.e. in the corners of the image - of just 2 stops at full aperture in 35 mm format, or around 1 on the Leica M8 mo-
dels. Stopping down to 2.8 visibly reduces this light deterioration towards the edge of the image, with practically only the natural
vignetting remaining. Distortion is very low at a maximum of just 0.4 % (pin cushoin), which is practically imperceptible. A total of
eight lens elements are used to achieve this exceptional performance. To realize the apochromatic correction (resulting in a com-
mon focusing plane for three light wavelengths), three are made of glass types with high anomalous partial color dispersion, while
two of the others have a high refractive index. The aspherical surface of the rst lens in the rear group helps to reduce spherical
aberration and atten the image eld. While the optical construction in front of the aperture is a Gaussian type, the arrangement
of the lens elements behind it is similar to that in the Summilux-M 1:1.4/35 mm ASPH. This group comprises a „oating element“,
which is moved independently of the rest of the construction during focusing.
Summary: The Leica APO Summicron-M 1:2/50 mm ASPH. delivers exceptional picture quality and sets new standards in 35 mm
LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH.