Posts Tagged ‘50Summilux-ASPH’

Weathered Geylang

September 16, 2012  |  Street

Walking back to my car from my favorite Teochew porridge stall, I noticed the most amazing wall texture down a back alley. I decided to take a few shots but unfortunately I only had my 50mm so I was forced to focus only on the weathered details.

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/5.6

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/2

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/5.6 & f/1.4

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/5.6

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/5.6

Night at Hermes

August 9, 2012  |  Events

So Hermes hosted a party for their Gift of Time exhibitionThe neat thing about it was that it was hosted at the old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

I won’t get into specifics and ruin it for anyone who plans on going, but it was done up really well with lots of interesting displays – if you’d like to know more, you’re welcome to visit my fiance’s blog post about it HERE.

What I will say is that I wish I had brought my 28 Summicron, and perhaps a flash, as it was dark by the time we arrived (fashionably late, of course).

All shots taken with the 50 Summilux-ASPH wide open.

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/1.4

(Valets gather outside waiting for late comers / An assortment of traditional Singapore snacks)

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/1.4

(Amazing lamps and neat arches – the reason I needed my 28 Summicron)

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/1.4

(One of the many unusual displays in the exhibition)

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/1.4

(One of the great things about Singapore parties is that you’ll always run into friends)

 

50 Summilux-ASPH f/1.4

July 20, 2012  |  Review

The short: This is a lens sogood it can actually be bought as a wedding gift.

The long: If you’re a 50 user and you need speed, this is the lens to get. The only lens sharper @ 1.4 is the 35 Summilux-FLE. But unlike the 35, the 50 has the most fantastic bokeh North of f/1 (0.95, obviously takes the cake on best bokeh). All three lenses mentioned are very well built, though I think the 35 Summilux-FLE physically looks the sexiest mounted on camera. Yes, this matters.

The 50 Summilux-ASPH is more then twice the price of the super-capable 50 Summicron, and only a stop faster (plus it’s bigger and heavier), but boy does it deliver two of my favorite things: sharpness and bokeh. Honestly, those 2 factors make or break a lens for me. As far as I’m concerned, a lens needs to be sharp wide open, and needs to deliver nice bokeh at all subject-to-background distances. If I don’t have this combo for wedding work and environmental portraits, I’m unhappy with my results. Anything else, and I’ll probably not be shooting wide open, so I don’t really worry about it.

This lens cannot be replaced with one fifty alone. You’d need to own both a 50 Noctilux F/0.95 and a 50 Summicron-APO (yes APO) in order to satisfy the needs that one 50 Summilux-ASPH fulfills. Sure, the 0.95 is the nocturnal king. It has great bokeh, and at 1.4 it’s plenty sharp. But on the other hand, it’s huge – and plenty sharp isn’t Summilux sharp.

The 50 Summicron-APO (more about this later) is probably the sharpest lens I’ve used wide open, and it has fantastic bokeh @ f/2. This is where it’s predecessors failed, and it succeeded with creamy colors! It’s also fairly compact, and really looks ridiculously sexy mounted on an M9P. So yes, you would need both lenses in order to fill the void in your kit that losing the 50 Summilux-ASPH would create. Don’t go out and test this theory however, as you may well discover that the Noctilux and 50APO create a void of their own (and owning 3 super pricy fifties is a bit crazy).

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/1.4

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/2

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/5.6

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/1.4

 

50 Summilux-ASPH @ f/1.4