I’ve owned twelve Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH lenses in my lifetime, and three of them have been perfect in build quality and astoundingly sharp at f/1.4. The rest have been just short of exceptional. Most people wouldn’t notice… because they’ve never been crazy enough to buy, use, and sell multiple examples of them.
And don’t even ask me how many new Leica lenses will arrive with loose aperture rings, or wobbly built-in hoods, or back-focusing, or front-focusing, or… etc.
The moral of the story: in the case of Leica lenses, it can be advantageous to buy used vs. new in a sealed box. You not only save on price, you also have the opportunity to examine and photograph with the lens you’re interested in before purchasing.
Ahhh, that Kodak (now Truesense) sensor in the M9/M-E/Monochrom… is it still the best sensor out there?
My answer: Yes.
Is there another sensor that conjures up the same level of image quality?
Yes, the one in the M8!
So, I’d to like see CCD sensors in future Leica M bodies.
Please consider signing my Open Letter to Leica.
― Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation of Christ.
Every end is a beginning.
This lens is rarely offered for sale, as only 800 copies were ever made and current owners tend to hold on to them.
However, Bellamy of Japan Camera Hunter fame has one available in mint condition. Bellamy has a great reputation for his service and he excels at finding hard-to-find gear, so if you’re interested do not hesitate to contact him. However, I should warn you the price of this lens is… well….
My review of the Konica Hexanon 60/1.2, Special Edition was written three years ago, and I still have people writing and asking me why I sold it. At the time I purchased it, I “over-payed” for it, then sold it for a loss, and now it’s worth 4 – 5 times that price!
Ironically, I believe my review helped drive up the cost of this lens, but now I can’t afford to get another one…
Anybody want to crowd-fund a purchase?