This lens is sharp, especially when stopped down. I found the bokeh to be acceptable and the lens to be quite fun to use. definitely a good value for money, if you want a fast 50 without buying a noctilux
It doesn't get any better than this lens at this price point. The lens is a little soft wide open, but that's to be expected and just gets better and better as you stop down. I highly recommend this lens to anyone looking to get an amazing lens that's fast and sharp. I currently use it on my Sony a7.
FWIW, the F/1.1 is two thirds of one f/stop faster than an f/1.4. I knew that when I bought it. That makes a difference to me and it's a real asset on the Leica M9-P I own. Leica doesn't push ISO speeds all that high compared to Canon, Fuji and others. It just produces superb images. So do my Canons and Fujis, but there is a quality which sets Leica apart. (I'm NOT recommending you run out and buy one. It also works well on the assorted M film bodies and there you really don't want to be trying to push film faster than you have too. I also like the quality of the images generally. There's a nice bokeh. The lens is a bit soft wide open, but it compares well at that speed to other superfast lenses I've used. Stopped down a bit, it's much sharper. It's probably best from 2.8 through about f/8. Not much complaint after that, but the primary improvement there is depth of field. Love the paper thin DOF. For people who've used only zooms, there is a unique pleasure in the images of some primes. This is one of them.
Very thin DOF when fully opened up, which can make this fussy to focus especially in low light. Minimum focus distance is around 3 feet, to get closer requires an extension tube. This is a super well constructed lens, on the heavy side compared to other Voigtlander M-mounts. Overall quality, in construction and optics, compares favorably to a Canon L prime lens. This lens is well-suited for my Sony NEX-7, mounted with an adapter, and although relatively large it isn't disproportionate to the camera's body. The focus peaking on the NEX-7 allows for precise focusing.
This is so reasonable price because of F1.1Very solid made, excellent results, You will not believeyou can own this kind of lens with only [$].
valuable and very fast lens for Leica
This lens performed well, but was too heavy and not much better in low light than a f1.4 lens.
great lens, unless you are pixel counting, don't listen to people saying is too soft. big! great built. and fun to shoot. i mostly do street, reportage shooting and while i could not beleive how it absorve light. it slowed me down to take pics fast at larger apertures
Pros: its a 1.1 , awesome build quality, build like a tank, smooth focusing, included lens hoodPeople buy this lens for the the bokeh....not as good as a summilux, but quite close to the pre-asph lux. Those who cant afford leica- buy this lens.. I was one of them. I mounted this on my olympus EPL-1 with an adapter. cons:- my issue with the lens was the focusing ring, after a week of usage- the focus ring was loose. [...] gave me a new lens...which had the same issue. Perhaps it was a batch issue... Many users have faced the same problem with this lens. But besides this, there is very less that I can complain about this wonderful lens.
I have always wanted a fast 50mm lens that I can use in low light on my micro 4/3 camera. With an adapter this lens fits my need perfectly. It is reasonably sharp at f1.1 and gets even better between f1.4 AND F8.0. Focusing is very smooth. It may not be a Leica Noctilux but for me this lens is my Noctilux at a price I can afford. Its performance is par-excellent!