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Leica 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Summilux-M for Leica M Series Cameras

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  • Superor imaging performance even at full open aperture throughout the full focusing range from infinity down to 28.
  • Selective sharpness ability for creative photography due to the large maximum aperture of F1.4.
  • Strong supppression of stray light and reflexes for high-contrast pictures even in back light situations.
  • Effective visibility through the viewfinder due to compact dimensions
  • High quality, all-metal lens hood

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Leica
  • Model: 35mm f/1.4 ASPH
  • Lens Type: Prime lens
  • Minimum focal length: 35 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 35 mm
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 2.2 x 2.2 inches ; 11.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B004GZ3AHU
  • Item model number: 35mm f/1.4 ASPH
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 17, 2010

Product Description

Product Description

The Leica SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. is a further revised version of the popular wide-angle lens of the Leica M rangefinder system. Thanks to the latest developments in the fields of optics and precision engineering, the new 35 lens sets a whole new standard in the fast wide-angle lens portfolio. Regardless of whether it's a matter of selective focus in the close-up range, highcontrast available light applications or landscape shots with immense depth of field, the lens delivers persuasive arguments in any situation. In comparison with its predecessor, the new Leica SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. now incorporates a floating element: the lenses behind the aperture blades are constructed as a floating group that changes its position relative to the front lens group during focusing to ensure that the Leica SUMMILUX-M 1:1.4/35 mm ASPH. achieves equally outstanding imaging performance at closer focusing distances. Another new feature is a full-metal, rectangular, screw-mount lens hood that contributes significantly to the even more compact dimensions of the lens. Even wide open, the LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. reveals performance characteristics without precedent in the field of compact 35 mm lenses: outstanding imaging performance over the entire focusing range, from infinity to minimum focus, excellent contrast, even in the finest structures, superb rendition of details across the entire image field, good field flattening and, stopped down to f2 and onwards, almos

From the Manufacturer

In the M-System, the 35 mm lenses are the most popular . The combination of moderate wide angle characteristics paired with natural dimensions makes this focal length versatile.

The optical design of the Leica Summilux-M 35mm/f1.4 ASPH has bee optimised for the use with either the digital Leica M cameras or the traditional analogue cameras for stunning results. In particular, this lens shows its full potential with the Leica M9.

The Leica Summilux-M 35 mm/f1.4 ASPH is equipped with a Floating Element, which keeps the outstanding imaging performance at a very high level even at close focusing distance. The new patented, rectangular, full-metal lens hood makes the lens more compact than its predecessor

Technical Data
Lens type High-speed wide angle lens with an aspherical surface for Leica M cameras
Angle of view for 35 mm (24 x 36 mm): 63°, 54°, 38°, (diagonal, horizontal, vertical)

for Leica M8 models (18 x 27mm): 50°, 42°, 29°, corresponds to a focal length of approx. 47mm with 35 mm-format
Optical design Number of lenses / groups 9 / 5
Aspherical surfaces
1
Position of entrance pupil 16.8 mm (from apex of 1st lens element)
Distance setting Focusing range 0.7 m to ∞
Scales combined meter / feet graduation
Smallest object field / for 35mm: approx. 420 x 630mm/ 1:17.5
Largest reproduction ratio for Leica M8 models: approx. 315 x 473mm/ 1:17.5
Aperture Setting / Function
Preset, with click-stops, half values available
Lowest value 16
No. of blades 9
Lens mount Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6 bit lens, identification bar code for digital M models
Filter mount Internal thread for screw-on filters size E46, non-rotating
Lens hood Screw-on type (supplied)
Viewfinder Camera viewfinder (except Leica M3)
Finish
Black anodized
Dimensions Length to bayonet flange approx. 46/60 mm (with/without lens hood)
Largest diameter approx. 56mm
Weight approx. 330 g (or approximately ¾ lbs)
Compatible Cameras All Leica M-models

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Morris on April 13, 2013
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This lens is as sharp as it's always been advertised. I have a 2+ year old M9 and regardless of whether I focus close or to infinity, this lens produces images as sharp as my 50 Lux (and at the wide end maybe a little bit sharper). If 35mm is attractive to you, then this is the lens you've got to have (if price is not a deterrent).
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By DavidK on February 24, 2013
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I broke down and bought a Leica M-E when I realized my photo printer was much sharper than my point-and-shoot camera. The reason for the Leica was to get the sharpest images with THIS world-class lens. I have only been playing for a week, but this lens is awesome!! I'm sure my photos will get better as I learn the Leica's quirks, but after a half hour with the manual, I have been shooting images with mind-blowing contrast range and sharpness that allows fairly tightly cropped images to be printed at 8x10 inches and still look stunning.

I know this lens is ridiculously expensive, but it so far exceeds my expectations (which were high due to the on-line hype) that if razor sharp images, especially in low light, are important to you, I'd suggest saving your pennies and putting this lens on your wish list. It delivers on every ounce of hype!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kon Peki on June 20, 2014
I've owned a ton of 35mm lenses. Ultimately this is my favorite one to use on the Leica M (240) because it is fast, sharp, has outstanding build quality, and relatively small.

There are some downsides to be aware of: There is some off focus curvature that affects sharpness across a flat target. Google Tim Ashley's review for examples and explanation. Bokeh wide open, especially in the corners, can be harsh; certainly harsher than either version of the Voigtlander 35/1.2. Smooths out nicely as you stop down. There is a touch of barrel distortion, hardly worth mentioning, but noticeable if you are used to a distortion-free lens like the Zeiss ZM 2/35 Biogon. There is also some noticeable longitudinal CA though nothing unusual.

With such a long list of negatives, why 5 stars? For starters, none of the Voigtlander 35mm lenses I have tried (35/1.7, 35/1.2, 35/1.4) are as sharp, and the Voigtlander 35/1.2 is quite a bit larger/heavier. The Zeiss ZM 35mm lenses aren't as fast. Basically this lens has the best balance of features for me.
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