Leica has just introduced the latest addition to its series of lenses for the SL-System. The APO-Summicron-SL 35 mm f/2 ASPH is a prime AF lens designed for Leica full frame cameras. With the 35mm focal length and high durability, it’s aimed primarily at photojournalists and street photographers. And with the high price tag, usual for Leica gear, it’s also aimed at photographers with deep pockets.
The Summicron-SL 35 mm f/2 promises exceptional image quality, with reduced reflections and corner-to-corner sharpness even at f/2. All Summicron-SL lenses feature stepping motors with a DSD® (Dual Syncro Drive™), and the 35mm f/2 is no exception. This technology completely travels the entire focus range in just 250 milliseconds.
This lens is designed for full-frame Leica L-mount mirrorless cameras. However, it can also be used with APS-C models, providing a 52.5mm equivalent focal length. It’s weather-sealed, repelling dust and moisture.
Check out the full specs below, as well as a few more photos of the lens:
|Lens Mount||Leica L|
|Format Compatibility||35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor|
|Angle of View||63.4°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||10.63″ / 27 cm|
|Maximum Reproduction Ratio||1:5|
|Optical Design||13 Elements in 11 Groups|
|Filter Thread||Front: 67 mm|
|Dimensions (DxL)||2.87 x 4.02″ / 73 x 102 mm|
|Weight||1.58 lb / 720 g|
The APO-Summicron-SL 35mm f/2 ASPH is available for preorders and it will start shipping mid-April 2019. The exact price is $4,595, which certainly isn’t cheap. But considering that Leica offers some way more expensive lenses, I guess this isn’t all that bad after all.