Leica launches a pair of APO-Summicron full frame 75mm & 90mm f/2 prime lenses

Jan 16, 2018

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Leica launches a pair of APO-Summicron full frame 75mm & 90mm f/2 prime lenses

Jan 16, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Leica has just announced a pair of APO-Summicron lenses for its full frame mirrorless cameras. Those would be the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f2 ASPH and Leica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f2 ASPH. While designed for full frame, they will also work on Leica’s crop sensor cameras, too. These lenses aren’t cheap, though. One’s a little under five grand, the other’s slightly over.

The specs are essentially identical between the two lenses besides the focal length, minimum focus distance and a slight difference in weight. As well as the price, obviously, but for this kind of money, what’s an extra couple of hundred dollars? They feature a new faster autofocus system, Leica say, with a shorter minimum focus distance for tight portraits.

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f2 ASPH

  • Lens type: Prime
  • Format: 35mm full frame
  • Focal length: 75mm
  • Stabilisation: No
  • Lens mount: Leica SL
  • Maximum aperture: f/2
  • Minimum aperture: f/22
  • Aperture ring: No
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9
  • Elements: 11 in 9 groups, 1 aspherical element.
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.5m (19.69″)
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Dimensions: 73mm x 102mm (2.87×4.02″)
  • Weight: 720g
  • Weather sealing: Yes
  • Filter thread: 67mm

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm F2 ASPH

  • Lens type: Prime
  • Format: 35mm full frame
  • Focal length: 90mm
  • Stabilisation: No
  • Lens mount: Leica SL
  • Maximum aperture: f/2
  • Minimum aperture: f/22
  • Aperture ring: No
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9
  • Elements: 11 in 9 groups, 1 aspherical element.
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.6m (23.62″)
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Dimensions: 73mm x 102mm (2.87×4.02″)
  • Weight: 700g
  • Weather sealing: Yes
  • Filter thread: 67mm

To make it easier to spot the minimal differences between the two, I’ve highlighted those specs in bold. In all other respects, they are identical.

Both lenses are available to pre-order now. The APO-Summicron-SL 75mm is $4,750 and the APO-Summicron-SL 90mm is $5,150. The lenses will ship in February.

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3 responses to “Leica launches a pair of APO-Summicron full frame 75mm & 90mm f/2 prime lenses”

  1. JR Avatar
    JR

    Correction: it’s APO, instead of API (short for apochromatic).

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Oops, fixed, thanks JR. :)

  2. Taylor Maduro Port Avatar
    Taylor Maduro Port

    Yeeeaahhhh