After releasing a total of 6 cameras, both digital and analog, at Photokina today, Leica would have been remiss to leave us without a few new pieces of glass. Don’t worry though, they’ve delivered in the form of six all-new lenses and two old lenses that have received a metallic makeover.
Silver Paint Job
The two lenses that have received the new paint job are the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH and the Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. Neither of these lenses are new to Leica’s lineup, but to ensure Leica users can properly match their glass to their camera bodies, Leica is now offering them in silver.
Leica APO-Vario-Elmar Lenses
Two new APO-Vario-Elmar-T lenses hit the market today, they are the 11–23mm f/3.5–4.5 and the 55–135mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH.
The Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55–135mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH Lens is an 80–200mm full-frame equivalent that features 10 groups made up of 12 lens elements, one of which is aspherical and helps keep the lens compact despite its long-reach. You can pre-order it at B&H for $1,950.
Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11–23mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH Lens is a 17–35mm full-frame equivalent 11 groups made up of 14 lens elements. Of those elements, four are aspherical to keep things compact and control aberrations, even at the widest of focal lengths. You can pre-order this one for $1,950.
Leica Summarit-M Lenses
Leica didn’t shy away from adding to its Summarit lineup, offering Leica M-mount users four new primes: the 35mm f/2.4, 50mm f/2.4, 75mm f/2.4 and 90mm f/2.4, each of which comes in both silver and black varieties.
The Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.4 ASPH Lens features six elements in four groups, a nine-blade aperture and a minimum focus distance of 2.6 feet. While completely manual in operation, the lens has 6-bit coding built in to ensure proper metadata is transferred to compatible Leica cameras.
The Leica Summarit-M 50mm f/2.4 Lens is a copy and paste deal where features are concerned. Also made up of six elements in four groups, a nine-blade aperture and featuring a minimum focus distance of 2.6 feet, it too has 6-bit coding built in to ensure proper metadata is transferred to compatible Leica cameras.
The Leica Summarit-M 75mm f/2.4 Lens yet again sports six elements in four groups and 6-bit coding, but this one features an eleven-blade aperture, a minimum focus distance of 2.3 feet.
Finally, last but not least, the Leica Summarit-M 90mm f/2.4 Lens consists of (you guessed it) six elements in four groups and an eleven-blade aperture. It can focus as close as 3 feet and boasts that same 6-bit coding. You can grab your own in either black or silver for $2,350.