Today, as part of their Photokina announcements, Leica has released a full range of new Summarit-M lenses, available in black or silver chrome. The official press release from Leica:
Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents a new generation of Leica Summarit-M-Lenses. In comparison with the previous models, these new lenses with a maximum aperture of f/2.4 offer improved performance characteristics and new lens design. The range of focal lengths available in the Leica Summarit-M-Lens family remains the same, with 35, 50, 75 and 90mm. For the first time, they are now available in a choice of black and silver anodized finishes.
Manufactured using cutting-edge technologies, the Leica Summarit-M-Lenses provide exceptional imaging quality in all photographic situations. As is the case for all Leica lenses, they are designed and constructed by Leica optical specialists and combine the best of optical and mechanical expertise. As particularly reliable products with enduring value, they are made in Germany from only the finest materials and assembled in an elaborate process entirely by hand. The combination of cutting-edge technologies and painstaking manufacturing procedur
es guarantees consistently excellent quality. In summary, in the Leica lens portfolio, the Leica Summarit lenses represent an ideal compromise between lens speed and compact size.
The Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.4 ASPH is the smallest and lightest 35mm lens in the Leica rangefinder system. It is the only lens of the new generation of Leica Summarit-M-Lenses to feature an aspherical lens element.
Its high performance, light weight and easy handling make the Leica Summarit-M 50mm f/2.4 a particularly versatile lens. The angle of view of this lens corresponds to the field of view and normal vision of the human eye and offers impressively neutral and natural perspectives and proportions. It delivers high contrast, perfect image field flatness and impressive color correction.
The Summarit-M 75mm f/2.4 is significantly more compact than other M-Lenses with similar focal lengths and achieves outstanding imaging performance. In comparison to its predecessor, the new lens now has a closest focusing distance of only 0.7 meters. In combination with the 35mm Summarit-M, it makes up an ideal pair of lenses for exploring the fascinating world of creative image composition.
The Leica Summarit-M 90mm f/2.4 rounds off the family of Summarit-M-Lenses with an extremely versatile telephoto lens. This particularly compact lens offers ideal handling and is characterized by exceptional optical and mechanical quality. The closest focusing distance was reduced for this lens, too, to 0.9 meters
The 75 and 90mm Leica Summarit-M-Lenses will be available from September on and will be followed by the 35 and 50 mm lenses from October. The lenses are sold complete with a lens hood and a metal lens cap.
This is an especially exciting announcement from Leica and gives M-System users many new choices for lenses to use. The silver lenses especially would work beautifully on a silver Leica T with the M-Adapter-T. The Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.4 ASPH could prove to be a popular new lens, as it combines Leica's legendary aspherical lens image quality with a compact size and reasonable price. To see the full tech specs of these lenses, check them out on Leica Store Miami's website and don't hesitate to email us with any questions. Links for the individual lenses are below: