Now don’t get me wrong. I used to think that Leica was probably the pinnacle of photographic equipment. My late Dad was a professional photographer and used Leicas and Rollieflexs exclusively. Sadly, although I inherited his Leica M2 in his will, at the time, enforcement of death duties meant my actual usage of that camera only lasted a matter of weeks . They also took the Rollies and his car.
But oh what a joy using that camera was!
Today I got a press release on a new lens from Leica. And although I am very sure it is brilliant in all aspects, I just cannot see the justification of the price in comparison to a similarly spec’d lens from say Fujifilm or Panasonic.
Here it is and see what I mean at the end. I’d love to be proven wrong.
Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 ASPH. redesign
Now even more versatile and more flexible.
Wetzlar, 15th September 2022. The history of Leica lenses dates back more than 150 years and tells of innovative engineering, uncompromising precision work and outstanding quality. It is a story about legendary tools which rank among the best in the world. This applies especially to Leica M lenses. One of the most versatile among them has now been redesigned and refined to provide even greater flexibility for a creative pictorial design: the Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 ASPH.
The lens combines a light wide-angle characteristic with natural-looking dimensions and is thus particularly versatile. Whether for detailed landscape shots, high-contrast pictures even in difficult light conditions or subjects in close-up range with selective focus, the Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 ASPH. produces extraordinary results. Eleven instead of nine aperture blades are used for a visibly improved bokeh. In addition, the closest focusing distance is reduced from 70 to 40 cm – made possible by a patent-pending double cam unit developed by Leica engineers. As a result, the rotation angle of the focus ring is almost doubled to 176 degrees in comparison to the previous model with the same compact size of the lens. This ensures reliable, precise focusing over the entire setting range. Up to 70 cm, this works, as usual via the range finder of all digital and analogue M cameras. After a slightly perceptible resistance, the extended close- up range between 70 and 40 cm is exactly focusable via Live View on the screen, Visoflex viewfinder or Leica FOTOS app.
The industrial design has been brought up to date with almost unchanged dimensions – the new Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 ASPH. is 2 mm shorter while 2 mm has been added to the diameter. As with the Summilux-M 50 f/1.4 ASPH., the lens hood is now round, directly integrated in the lens and can easily be screwed in and out for even faster and more flexible handling.
Two colour variants of the Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 ASPH. are available globally at all Leica Stores, the Leica Online Store and authorised dealers. The recommended retail price (RRP) of the Black variant is $9,290 including GST and the RRP of the Silver variant is $9,590 including GST.