If you have been following my blogs and pictures on Facebook/Instagram you already know about my love for Leica as a brand and Leica lenses, in particular. The 50mm f0.95 Noctilux and the 75mm f1.4 Summilux are my favorite M lenses. These two lenses are my go to lenses while shooting weddings and portraiture.
As mentioned in my previous blog I sold my M10 and got the GFX 50R but I still have the Leica SL as my workhorse and thus I continue to retain my M lenses. So, the obvious question was how would the M lenses fare on the 50R.
The M lenses are made for a 35mm film/full frame sensor and its expected that they have an image circle which would not completely cover the 50R medium format sensor. To test it out I ordered a Fotodiox M to GFX adapter. Fotodiox delivered the adapter a day before they promised and also sent a bunch of other goodies free. That’s great customer service.
Here are some pictures with the 50R+75mm Summilux combination. I have not cropped any of these images. Just RAW processes, converted to black and white and adjusted vignette a little bit in post. The 75mm focal length on the 50R gives us approximately a 60mm field of view.
Here are some pictures with the 50mm Noctilux. This lens has much more vignette than the 75mm and a crop becomes essential. Once cropped it almost is equal to a 50mm field of view.
I will be testing the Voigtlander 21mm f1.8 Ultron and the 15mm f4.5 on the 50R soon. Stay tuned!