Non-Leica body and Leica M lens, Part 3: Canon M50 and Manual Lenses

At this point I have 4 manual lenses that can be mounted on Canon M50 that I decided to test and review.

From left:

Esthetics view on the camera is important as it makes a lens likable and usable:

The Mitakon lens is the biggest, the heaviest, and does not have focus clicks, also focusing ring is stiff, has no focusing tab that makes the shooting experience the most difficult.

Leica Summarit-M 50 lens has more loose focusing ring than Leica Summarit-M 35. Voightlander focusing ring stiffness is similar to Leica Summarit-M 35. Voighlander has a focusing knob instead of a tab.

Leica Summarit-M 50 has a really nice hood that is similar to Leica Q hood.

I liked Leica Summarit-M 35 shooting experience and esthetics more than other lenses. It is small and provides best kinesthetic enjoyment of using it. Next one is Leica Summarit-M 50. Then Voightlander.

The common max aperture view is at f/2.8:

The common max aperture view 100% crop is at f/2.8. For 50mm lens the crop is 75%:

The max aperture view – for each lens is different. 100% crop for 35 mm, and for 50mm lens the crop is 75%:

All lenses are sharp in the center wide open.

All lenses produce good bokeh, Mitakon is more creamy at f/0.95, and Voightlander is more structured (nervous).

Optically the Mitakon lens wins. It produces wider scope of usage with acceptable quality.

Practically, Leica Summarit-M 50 makes more sense for street photography. It allows to have some distance from the subject, and provides some nice bokeh of the context while keeping the subject sharp as a whole with f/2.4 aperture. It has focusing clicks and a tab to make the adjustment completely kinesthetically without looking. It reminds me a smaller version of Leica Q, especially with the hood.

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