The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH uses specially developed glass in an apochromatic design which Leica claims minimizes chromatic aberrations. In fact, according to Leica at the time of its announcement, the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH achieves the best results of any M-series lens in the entire 60-year history of the system. A floating element changes its position relative to the front group during focusing, ensuring that the lens achieves outstanding imaging quality throughout its focusing range, even at close focusing distances.
Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Lens
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|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Max Format size||35mm FF|
|Focal length||50 mm|
|Lens mount||Leica M|
|Number of diaphragm blades||11|
|Aperture notes||Preset, with click-stops, half values available|
|Minimum focus||0.70 m (27.56″)|
|Full time manual||Unknown|
|Focus notes||floating focus system|
|Weight||300 g (0.66 lb)|
|Diameter||53 mm (2.09″)|
|Length||47 mm (1.85″)|
|Materials||metal barrel, metal mount|
|Filter thread||39 mm|
|Filter notes||Inner-threaded for screw-in filters|
|Notes||Built-in extending hood|
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