Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.5 C Sonnar ZM

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Lenses' started by asiafish, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Walking around City Center, Las Vegas early Sunday afternoon. Leica M Monochrom, ISO320, Carl Zeiss C Sonnar with yellow filter. Aperture usually at either f/1.5 or f/8. As always, minimal post.

    I love the dual nature of this lens. Wide-open it has bokeh like no other. Stopped down, it is every bit as sharp from corner to corner as anything modern.

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  2. NJH

    NJH Leica Place Regular

    Apr 29, 2013
    More please. I have this lens as well and really love the feel of it on my M6.
  3. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    I have a Leica Akademie workshop this weekend (The Truth about Photographs: Developing a Distinctive Visual Style) and am currently pulling out my hair to decide which lens(s) to bring.

    I will probably use either my 35mm f/2.5 Summarit or one of my 50mm lenses for almost everything (street and urban shooting in Los Angeles) and may even just carry the one lens and keep a backup in the car.

    If its to be a 50mm, things get complicated. The C Sonnar is great, but I'd probably use one of my vintage Sonnars instead, but as this is an intermediate/advanced workshop and I'm still not (in my opinion) quite at that level, I may just use my modern 50mm Summicron and not have to consider focus shift when working quickly. The instructor is a 35mm lens guy, so I may go with just the Summarit.

    For a two-lens kit I may give the 24mm (listed for sale today) another go and pair it with a 50mm, or maybe go for some candid people shots with the 90 Summarit pair with the 35 Summarit.

    One thing I do know is that I don't want to carry a camera bag, just the Monochrom with lens and at most a small extra lens in a jacket pocket along with extra cards, batteries and a few filters.
  4. ajramirez

    ajramirez Leica Place Veteran

    Mar 30, 2013
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Terrific shots, Andrew.

    I also own the C-Sonnar and it's one of my absolute favorite lenses. If I go out shooting with only one lens, that's usually the lens that gets the nod.