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Japanese Summilux (1957 - 1972).

Bijgewerkt op: 24 feb. 2023

This week I received my "new" 60 year old Canon lens 50mm F1.4 ltm from Japan. This lens - originally intended for Canon rangefinder cameras - is popularly known as The Japanese Summilux. This is actually strange because the Leica Summilux only came on the market three years later and in the beginning could not match the quality of the Japanese lenses. So it is definitely not a copy!

The accompanying photo already shows what the Canon 50mm F1.4 ltm has become best known for: enough sharpness at full aperture, a classical look, a buttery and somewhat swirley bokeh, and finally the pastel colour rendering.

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