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Leica Announces New Generation of Summarit-M Lenses

Leica has announced a new generation of Leica Summarit-M-Lenses. In comparison with the previous models, these new lenses with a maximum aperture of f/2.4 offer improved performance characteristics and new lens design. The range of focal lengths available in the Leica Summarit-M-Lens family remains the same, with 35, 50, 75 and 90 mm. For the first time, they are now available in a choice of black and silver anodised finishes. Read more below for details!


Zeiss Announces Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM

At Photokina 2014 today, Zeiss has announced a long awaited new lens - the Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM lens! At a maximum aperture of f/1.4, this lens creates a pleasing bokeh, which optically enhances the background as the main composition element. At the same time it directs attention to the main motif in the foreground. Optimized for digital sensors, the Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM also stands out for its excellent flat image field. Thanks to the Distagon’s optical design, the lens delivers a high resolution across the entire image field. See the Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM lens datasheet for technical specs. Zeiss has confirmed that the lens has FLE, with no noticeable focus shift. Read more below for details!


Leica Lens Bracelets

Fancy some Leica bling in the form of a lens bracelet? The site Lens Bracelet (lensbracelet.com) can help you out! They currently have a version of the Summicron-M 50mm f/2 and Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f/4 lenses. They're made of 100% silicone rubber with authentic looking yellow/white impressions of the actual lens markings, complete with grip ridges - and sell for $15 USD each! Read more below for additional photos!

Best First Prime Lens - 35mm or 50mm?

The guys over at DigitalRev TV try to answer the age old question, "what's the best first prime lens?" For Leica shooters perhaps especially, this is a critical question. Should you choose a 35mm? Or a 50mm? Although the lenses shown are Canon EF, the logic applies just the same. Though it will depend on if you're shooting a crop sensor (APS-C) camera or full frame. Keep that in mind.

Choosing your first prime lens is like choosing your first love, we all know how that feels when you make the wrong choice. So which lens should you buy?

Zeiss to Announce Distagon 1,4/35 ZM

We don't have much information at this point yet, other than this is likely the Zeiss ZM lens we've been waiting for - for quite some time now. Turns out this is finally the year, and they will announce a Distagon 1,4/35 ZM at Photokina 2014! We have high hopes; check out our review of the 2/35 Biogon ZM lens. You'll recall the original promise:

For fans of the Carl Zeiss family of ZM systems for rangefinder cameras, Carl Zeiss has a special surprise in store. In 2013, at least one fast lens with M bayonet will go on sale. Using lenses from the ZM series with adapters is also very popular on mirrorless system cameras.

Summicron-S 100mm f/2 ASPH Coming

Leica will soon announce has announced the Summicron-S 100mm f/2 ASPH lens for the S-System. Be sure to check out the sample images. The lens profile already exists in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.6. There will be a firmware update for the Leica S-System cameras forthcoming, bringing improved AF and support for this lens, to be released on September 16, 2014. The Leica S (Type 006) will get v2.4.0.0 and the S2/S2-P will see firmware v1.4.0.0 (vLLF016 is the latest). It's being reported on Photoscala as well. Read more below for specifications and details.

Leica Lens Price Increases

Leica just six months ago (on January 1, 2014) increased lens prices for many M lenses, but there's a new round of increases coming. This time for mostly S-System lenses, though one M lens and a couple of binoculars are also affected. The increase is effective July 1, 2014 - and dealers will honor the current prices until the end of the day on June 30, 2014 provided the items are currently in stock or available for immediate delivery by Leica Camera. If you pre-order the item before then, the price will be honored regardless of how long it takes to fulfill the order. Read more below for details!