Leica Announces Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH


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A lens release we've been waiting for, for a long time and even mentioned that it was coming soon two weeks ago - is here! The Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH lens (technical data) has finally been released. Previously, it was only available as part of the Leica M "Edition 100" set and in stainless steel. Look for it starting in June 2015 at a price of 5.500€ / $5,950 USD.

Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH lens

Press Release

LEICA SUMMILUX-M 1: 1.4 / 28mm ASPH
The new milestone among high fast wide-angle lenses

With the Leica Summilux-M 1: 1.4 / 28mm ASPH. extends the Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, the lens program in the Leica rangefinder system a new, high-bright wide-angle lens. First Leica M lens, it combines the speed of 1.4 with the popular standard focal length of 28 millimeters. It is thus for reportage photography, but also for architecture and landscape photography, ideal for use in all lighting situations. The high opening in this focal length range makes for a unique visual effect. Thanks to extreme sharpness in the focal plane and shallow depth of field can be the subject crystal clear turn out and there are shots with a distinctive visual language.

The Leica M-Summilux 1: 1.4 / 28mm ASPH. offers outstanding imaging performance over the entire focusing range, a high contrast rendering even the finest structures and excellent reproduction of details across the entire image field. For the picture quality at close range, a floating element ensures: The lenses behind the aperture together form a floating group that changes its position relative to the front group during focusing. Three cemented elements and seven lenses with anomalous partial dispersion ensure the excellent color correction of the lens. The contrast curve is continuous both in the infinity position and at close range and has over the image field virtually no performance degradation.

Overall, the Leica Summilux-M 1 is: 1.4 / 28 mm ASPH. ten lenses, including an aspherical, deviating from the spherical shape lens surface that makes an important contribution to the extremely compact design of the lens. Together with the low weight of 440 grams, it is ideal for easy photo luggage when traveling or reportage.

Like all Leica lenses is also the Leica Summilux-M 1: 1.4 / 28mm ASPH. developed by Leica optical specialists in Wetzlar and combines both optical and technical know-how. A particularly reliable and stable value products "Made in Germany", the Leica M-Summilux 1: 1.4 / 28mm ASPH. made of quality materials and assembled with exquisite craftsmanship. Combining the latest technology with careful manufacture ensures this for the constant quality of every single Leica lens.

Included with the Leica M-Summilux 1: 1.4 / 28mm ASPH. is an all-metal lens hood included. It provides effective protection against contrast-reducing stray light but also against damage and soiling of the front lens.

The black anodized Leica Summilux-M 1: 1.4 / 28mm ASPH. is available for a suggested retail price in Germany of Euro 5500 from June 2015 Leica dealer.

Specifications

Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical) 75° / 65° / 46° (M8: 60° / 51° / 35°)
Optical design Number of lenses/groups: 10 / 7
Position of entrance pupil (from bayonet flange): 31,9 mm
Focus range: 0.7 m to ∞
Distance setting Scales: Combined meter / graduation
Smallest object field: 526 mm x 789 mm (M8: 395 mm x 592 mm)
Largest reproduction ratio: 1 : 21,9
Aperture Setting / Function: prefix with click-stops, half steps
Lowest value: 16
Bayonet Leica M quick-change bayonet
Lens hood External thread with stop for screw on lens hood (included)
Filter mount E49
Dimensions and weight Length: approx. 81 mm
Largest diameter: approx. 61 mm
Weight: approx. 440 g
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