Today, as part of their Photokina announcements, Leica has released silver anodized versions of two of their most popular M-System lenses: the Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH FLE Silver Anodized and the Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH Silver Anodized. Unlike some of Leica's previous silver chrome lenses which were made from brass and quite a bit heavier than their black chrome counterparts, these two new lenses are made from aluminum and do not weigh any more than the black versions. Optically they are identical to their counterparts in black chrome as well. The official press release from Leica:
Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar now offers two of the fastest Leica M-Lenses, the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH and the Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH, in an alternative silver anodized finish. The technical specifications of both lenses are identical to those of their serially produced counterparts. Whether in classic black or elegant silver, the two lenses offer exceptional imaging performance and enormous versatility, particularly when shooting in available light.
As the world’s fastest aspherical lens, the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH represents a milestone in lens construction and possesses a unique performance spectrum. At its maximum aperture, its extremely shallow depth of field enables the creation of portraits and detail studies characterized by inimitable aesthetic qualities. When used for available-light photography, the lens actually exceeds the perceptive capabilities of the human eye and delivers outstanding imaging results. Due to the very natural reproduction of perspectives and proportions by its 50mm focal length, it is also an ideal universal lens that allows true-to-life rendition of subjects under normal lighting conditions.
The Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH combines a moderate wide-angle character with natural reproduction of proportions and is therefore also an extremely versatile lens. Regardless of whether it’s a matter of selective focus in the close-up range, high-contrast available-light applications or landscape shots with immense depth of field, the lens delivers persuasive arguments in any situation. Its focal length of 35mm, the classic for reportage photography, makes it ideal as the first lens for newcomers to Leica M-Cameras, while its low weight and particularly compact size make it perfect as part of a lightweight M-System for travel photography.
As is the case for all Leica lenses, the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH and the Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH 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 procedures guarantees consistently excellent quality.
Both lenses in silver anodized finish will be available from the end of October 2014.
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