Leica Unveils Upgraded Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 Asph Lens

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Leica Summilux-M LensAllendale, NJ—Leica Camera AG unveiled the Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 Asph, a revised version of the Leica M rangefinder system’s popular wide-angle lens.

The new lens was created to set “a whole new standard in the fast wide-angle lens portfolio, utilizing the latest developments in the fields of optics and precision engineering,” announced Leica. The lens is geared for a wide variety of shooting, from selective focus in the close-up range to high-contrast available-light applications and landscape shots with depth of field.

The Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 Asph differentiates itself from its predecessor by offering a floating element: the lenses behind the aperture blades are constructed as a floating group that changes its position relative to the front lens group during focusing for better close-up performance.

The lens features a full-metal, rectangular screw-mount lens hood that contributes to its compact dimensions, and while its optical design is optimized for use on the digital Leica M models it also performs on analog M models.

“Thanks to the sum of its qualities, this 35mm lens is a universal tool for every photographer,” said Stefan Daniel, nead of Product Management at Leica Camera AG. “Its moderate wide-angle characteristics, on the one hand, and its natural reproduction of perspectives, on the other, make it ideal for a particularly broad spectrum of photographic uses ranging from portraiture to landscapes. Having produced countless iconic images in the history of photography, lenses of this focal length are counted among the classical entry-level lenses for building an M camera outfit.”

Also notable is a nine-lens design, five of which are manufactured from glasses with a high refraction index. One lens element has an aspherical (non-spherically formed) surface that helps enable the compact construction of the lens, which complements its light weight (11 ounces) to make it suitable for travel.

The Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 Asph will be available in July for $4,995.

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