Leica releases APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. lens

Leica Camera has added a new lens, the APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH., to its suite of prime lenses for M-mount cameras.


The new Leica APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. lens. (Source: Leica Camera.)

The new lens joins the existing APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH. lens and provides maximum imaging performance with detail resolution that takes full advantage of the technology and resolving power of current and future sensors. It is the only M-lens with a close-focus distance of just 30 cm (70 cm when the rangefinder is used)and becomes the new flagship model in the range. Made in the Leica factory in Wetzlar, Gernamy, the optical design of the new lens contains  ten lens elements in five groups, including three elements with aspherical surfaces (one double-sided) for minimising distortion and six elements are made of glasses with anomalous partial dispersion. These elements reduce chromatic aberrations to almost zero, while also providing apochromatic correction – an ability rarely found in lenses of this focal length. The resulting images exhibit crisp corner-to-corner sharpness and accurate colour fidelity at all apertures and focus distances.

The minimum aperture is f/16 and the iris diaphragm has 11 blades and closes to create a circular aperture. Full time manual focusing is provided but not autofocusing and the lens includes both distance and depth of field scales. The APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. lens weighs only 320 grams and is 41 mm long with a diameter of 53mm. It accepts 39 mm filters and comes with a dedicated lens hood. The APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. is available to order today at Leica Stores and authorised re-selllers for AU$11,900. Click here for full details.