Last winter, I purchased my Leica M2 with a Summicron 2/50 for a project with Johnny Patience. My first weekend with the camera, I decided to take it out to Rye, NH for a walk on the deserted beach to learn how to use the camera and lens. Coming off the Leica M-E, it was more about getting a feel for metering and so on. Surprisingly, I’ve only posted a handful of images from that first test roll, but looking back over those images tonight, I realize there really is something special here. A few of these images have been highlighted in various posts, but never together like this. These are straight scans from Richard Photo Lab – no crop, no straightening, no post work- not even a Color PAC file.
Update – March 29, 2015 – Today the judges have came to a decision. Congratulations to Steve Cowell on your first place selection! The camera will be mailed this week!
First off, I want to thank each and every photographer for entering this giveaway. The amount of time and effort put into these photo essays is quite evident in the results. I have received an overwhelming response over the past month. Entries have been pouring in from every corner of the globe; showing me a piece of their world that I’d never otherwise see. Visions and stories told both on film and digital; color and black & white. I love that this is not a technical contest. It’s not about the gear, the processing or traditional “rules of photography” that are centered in so many other contests. It’s about the art.
I guess it is time to give a first look review of the Leica Summicron 2/50. I am planning a second review / compare down the road where I will pit it head to head with the Carl Zeiss C Sonnar 1.5/50 – my favorite lens which is also in dire need of a proper film review. For now, I am going to give my initial impressions of the lens and the first 3 rolls I have shot through it.
As an aside, I had a Summicron 2/50 from the 1950’s that I absolutely adored last year and for some reason sold off. I figured to replace it, why not try a version 5 of the lens. I picked it up from Jack’s Camera Shop in Muncie, IN – a great friendly shop that I’d highly recommend.