Since getting into photography, my first lens ever was a 50mm. I made a commitment to myself to only shoot that single prime lens for 1yr, as I entered, what would later become one of the best hobbies I've ever had. Shooting a 50mm prime lens allowed me to slow down and get to know my lens and not become obsessed with gear, or worrying about other lenses. This is the first best decision I will have made, since getting into photography. One lens, One year.
I was shooting with a Sony A7 and quickly became annoyed with Sony's short release cycle, meaning short after I picked up my A7, the A7II was announced. I had been using an adapter for M-Mount lenses on the A7, and had a Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 1.5, and soon after purchased a Leica Summicron 50mm f/2.
I was talking to a friend while in Fukuoka, Japan, and he had a Leica M 240. I held it, shot it, and fell in love with it. I loved the concept of a rangefinder, the quality build of the Leica M, and the simplistic minimal design. The fact it created a bit more challenge when shooting was really one thing I valued. No auto-focus, no cheating.
I learned about Ken Hansen from reading Steve Huff. (Thanks Steve!) and I made the switch to the Leica M System in April 2015 after speaking with Ken Hansen, and eventually meeting him in NYC to pickup my slightly used M-P.
Fast forward to around March 2015, when Leica announced two new special edition lenses. The Summilux 35mm and 50mm Black Chrome. They took an amazing lens, and made it more amazing with a few small aesthetic tweaks. It was expensive, and it looked great, but I didn't have to have it. That is until the same friend with the M240 picked one up at Leica Store in Los Angeles and raved about. I trust his opinion and judgment when it comes to photography, so I did some more research, stopped in the Leica Store Soho, and got on the waiting list.
I was 3rd in line, with no hope in sight. I started calling all the Leica store's around, and finally hit the jackpot when contacting the Leica Store Washington DC.
I received the lens towards the end of may, began shooting with it, and have barely removed it from my camera, aside from occasionally to clean.
It's a solid lens, with perfect weight, its clean lines and red lettering make it a perfect fit with my M-P. The focusing is so smooth, and as fast as it is, can actually be difficult to nail those super sharp images wide open.
I'm not going to go through the technical details or engineering of this lens, as plenty of that has been done, since this is really just a special edition of the Summilux 50mm f/1.2 ASPH. It feels great
I don't know how hard they are to find now, since only 500 of each the 50mm and 35mm were produced, but if you ever have the opportunity and means to pick one up, and you love 50mm lenses, don't event hesitate, just get it.