USER REPORT: The Japanese Summilux – Canon 50/1.4 LTM
By Jason Howe
Hi Steve, hope your well and enjoying the combination of MM and M240, I was pleased to see you got the latter back and I look forward to you slowly convincing me that I need one………..anyway I’ve been taking a look at a lens I’ve had for sometime and I’ve recently seen cropping up a little bit more than usual, the Canon 50/1.4. I’ve done a full write up on the Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM which can be found HERE but I thought I’d give a small taster of the images in this post as I really feel the lens is, well pretty awesome!!
Note: Processing in LR4 and Silver Efex Pro 2
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The Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM first caught my attention quite by accident, whilst researching my purchase of the Leica 50mm Summilux f/1.4 Asph FLE I stumbled upon references to a lens some referred to as the Japanese Summilux. Intrigued by this reference and fueled by my natural curiosity I took the plunge and picked up a perfect copy of the Type II version along with original Sl39.3C UV filter and Hood.
I’m fortunate to have some pretty amazing glass and I always seem to have a perpetual que of lenses waiting to get quality camera time. Because of this and despite me being happy with my initial testing of the lens the Canon 50/1.4 never really spent a prolonged period on any of my cameras.
Surprisingly there is not a huge amount of information around about this lens, certainly less than I anticipated. Therefore, having received several email requests for my opinion about it I decided that it fit’s the profile of my User Reports, by that I mean it’s not really mainstream or fashionable……..it is however very capable on the Leica M9, M Monochrom and film M’s and offers the user another cheap fast 50mm option.
If you’ve read my User Reports on the 50mm Jupiter 3 or Voigtlander 15mm Super Wide Heliar you will already know that I don’t go for overly technical write ups. I prefer, if I can to let the lens do the talking.
On the M Monochrom
Off the Rails – Leica M Monochrom – ISO 160 1/500 Sec
Rebel – Leica M Monochrom – ISO 320 1/500 Sec 4x ND Filter
Sound of Silence – Leica M Monochrom – ISO 160 1/2000 Sec
The Urban Jungle – Leica M Monochrom – ISO 320 1/180 Sec 4x ND Filter
On the M9
Alicia Sim 1 – Leica M9 – ISO 500 1/1500 Sec
Trapped – Leica M9 – ISO 400 1/750 Sec
Yours Truly – Leica m9 – ISO 160 1/3000 Sec
Alicia Sim 2 – Leica M9 – ISO 640 1/125 Sec
On Film M’s
A Long Day – Leica M3 – Fuji Provia 50
Golden Moment – Leica M3 – Fuji ASTIA 100F
The Navigator – Leica M6 – Fuji ASTIA 100F
First Light – Leica M3 – Fuji Provia 50
If you’ve got the Leica M Monochrom and your taking an interest in vintage glass, the Canon 50/1.4 is certainly a great place to start and you won’t find better bang for your buck at around US$400.00. On the M9 and Film M’s its still a very worthwhile proposition if you want to get your hands on a good, sharp fast 50 for relatively little. I’ve gone in to much more detail on my User Report but hopefully this will have piqued your interest in this awesome lens.