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Voigtländer Announces Several M Lenses

Not one to sit idly by and let Zeiss and Leica have all the fun at Photokina 2014, Voigtländer today has announced a couple of M lenses that folks might be interested in. The first is the 35mm f/1.7 Ultron, which looks eerily similar to the 50mm f/1.5 Nokton. It will be available in chrome and black, and is pictured above. Comprised of 9 elements in 7 groups, it focuses down to .5m and it weighs 297g (chrome) and 226g (black). A lens hood is included, and the filter size is 43mm. Another lens announced today is the 15mm f/4.5 Aspheric Super Wide Heliar 2014 (which we don't have a picture for yet). It's an updated optical design of 11 elements in 9 groups, focusing down to .5m and gives improved performance and color shift handling for digital (or film) M cameras. The filter size 58mm. Finally, there's the 40mm f/2.8 Heliar pancake lens (pictured below) - a very slim and retro design. It will be the first to ship in October. Read more below for details!

Leica Announces Two New T Lenses

Today at Photokina 2014, Leica has announced two high-performance lenses for the Leica T camera system at Photokina 2014 - the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH wide-angle lens and the Leica APO Vario-Elmar-T 55–135 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH telephoto lens. Read more below for details!

Leica Announces Silver Summilux/Noctilux Lenses

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, now offers two of the fastest Leica M-Lenses, the Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and the Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., in an alternative silver anodised finish. The technical specifications of both lenses are identical to those of their serially produced counterparts. Whether in classic black or elegant silver, the two lenses offer exceptional imaging performance and enormous versatility, particularly when shooting in available light. Read more below for details!


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!