Hey, Leica lovers! The Simera 28mm f/1.4 is now available for the Leica-M mount
The Thypoch Simera 28mm f/1.4 was first shown in September 2023 alongside its brethren, the Simera 35mm f/1.4. The lens is now available, promising a stylish design, a fast aperture, and good image quality. Does the Simera live up to its year-long wait?
While we have a review that’s going to come up tomorrow, here are some initial details from Thypoch, the brand behind the lens.
Thypoch Simera 28mm f/1.4 build and appearance
The Thypoch Simera 28mm f/1.4 is made entirely of metal but only weighs around 330g. It’s light for a modern f/1.4 lens, far lighter than similar lenses like the Sigma 28mm f/1.4 ($799). Aside from the weight, there is also a significant size difference, with the Simera coming in at 5.5cm (excluding the included metal lens hood).
Thypoch Simera 28mm f/1.4 optical performance
Don’t let the Simera’s retro design fool you; its image quality is definitely modern. With eleven elements in seven groups, the design is meant to achieve clear photos even at f/1.4. The lens also promises a smooth bokeh using 14 aperture blades.
In terms of optical design, the lens features one floating group, three HRI glasses, one ED glass, and one aspherical lens, which Thpoch says will provide a sharp image even at f/1.4, and have well-controlled chromatic and spherical aberrations. The Simera 28mm f/1.4 allows you to get decently close to your subject with a minimum focus distance of 0.4m. It’s not close enough for the Simera to be a proper macro lens, but it’s still enough for you to get flexible during your shoots.
Thypoch Simera 28mm f/1.4 samples
Thypoch shared a few samples by @Ulysses Aoki taken with the Simera 28mm f/1.4.
Price and availability
The Thypoch Simera 28mm f/1.4 is available now in black and silver versions for $699.