The niffy 50

Camera – Leica M10; Lens – Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH- Model Cariad Celis

Since the 1980’s the 35-70mm zoom has taken over as the standard lens, now all of the major camera companies have the modern equivalent the high end 24-70mm f/2.8 and a more budget 24-70mm f/4. As a quick aside, the Nikkor 24-70mm f/4 kit lens which was released with the Nikon Z system is simply phenomenal and deserves better recognition.

Now the traditional 50mm is making a come back, people getting hold of old Leica M lens and using them with adapters on their mirrorless cameras is proving popular.

We now have Canon and Nikon releasing very high quality f/1.2 50mm lens and Youtube seems full of photographers showing what a great 50mm lens can do.

The photograph at the top of this post was taken with the stunning Leica M Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 wide open. Myself and the model were scouting for locations and taking snapshots before I got out my main Nikon SLR for the actual shoot.

The natural look of the 50mm and the ability to shoot wide open at f/2 and faster, giving far more options with depth of field and creating that dreamy look everyone seems to love is very much en vogue now. It seems all manufactures are producing large fast 50mm lens and us photographers are buying them.