The classic focal length, in the 35mm format 50mm, in the medium format 80mm, frowned upon by some, loved by the others. And in between, used by the majority. It most likely reflects the viewpoint perceived as natural, at least the part of the angle that you consciously perceive at the blink of an eye. The pictures are calm and untamed. Below this focal length, you slowly get into the wide-angle range, over this focal length begins at some point the Tele.
At Leica, this focal length has a long tradition. Leica has shaped the 35mm photography and from the beginning on the normal focal length, as they like to be called, with it. For a long time, I photographed exclusively with this focal length and would always choose it as the first lens.
This lens is suitable for format-filling portraits as well as landscapes. In addition, the strength of the Leica lenses has always included the high light intensity. With our lens, it has the aperture of 1.4, so the lens opens up new design options in the focal plane, but also the use in low light conditions. Leica lenses weigh, but this lens is in the palm of your hand, can be finely focused and offer an incredible bokeh. Especially in detail shots the background blurs in soft nuances. In order to achieve the greatest possible aperture for certain subjects, we use Leica neutral density filters x16. The lens is one of those who like to use in fineart photography application, enormous magnifications are possible with him.
Many travel photographers choose the combination of 28-50-90mm fixed focal lengths to stay with the fixed focal lengths. For me, the 50mm lens, even with this high light intensity, indispensable. The Leica M Summilux 1.4 / 50mm is one of the classics that has made the way to the present and will help to shape it in the future. We took many pictures with this lens. Here are some examples, exposed on our favorite color film Kodak Portra 160.[nggallery id=18]