Leica M9 and 50mm - Classic combination?

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar T*

There's nothing more classic than a rangefinder camera and a 50mm prime standard lens. Apart from the fact that this is the best camera and lens I've ever bought, the combination of the M9 and Zeiss 50mm is an option I find very enjoyable to use. Also far from feeling restricted by just using one prime lens, I find it a liberating, creative and versatile kit.

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar T*

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar T*

It used to be the case that when you bought a 35mm SLR camera, it usually came with a fast 50mm lens. This lens was usually a quality lens. 50mm f/2, 50mm f/1.7, and 50mm f/1.8 were the most common options. The situation has now changed and a kit zoom is now the bundled option. Regarded as more useful and allowing a wider range of focal lengths, unfortunately these lenses are often of only average quality. In the case of certain manufacturers, they can be pretty bad. I've never understood why companies choose to bundle their cameras with some of the worst lenses they make. This doesn't mean that they are bad lenses, but most "kit lenses" struggle to show the cameras sensor at its optimum resolution. 

There are occasional exceptions, particularly with Compact Camera Systems, when a camera will be bundled with a quality prime lens. Panasonic GF1 plus 20mm, Sony Nex plus 16mm and Samsung NX10 with 30mm are examples of this, however the favoured option is still a zoom.

I always thought working initially with a 50mm standard was a great learning experience for me and its left me with a great respect for an often neglected lens.

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar T*

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar T*
Multi-Image stitched panorama.

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar T*

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar T*

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar T*

Images - David and Ann