Leica has announced its $8,200 APO-Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens

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Leica has just announced its new APO-Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens, coming in at the princely sum of $8,195. I’m never going to complain about the cost of a 70-200/2.8 again. The new manual focus lens is a Leica M mount lens with a 35mm focal length and a maximum aperture of f/2.

This “fast” wide-angle prime features an apochromatic design with ten elements in five groups. Six of those elements are high refractive index elements which Leica says “virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations”. Three aspherical elements also help to reduce spherical aberration and provide edge-to-edge sharpness.

Despite the choice of product photography used in this article to give the lens some context, there’s no camera included in that purchase price. But, really… come on. What can you expect for just over $8K?

Well, what you can expect is a 35mm f/2 lens with a minimum focus distance of around 30cm – which it turns out is the shortest difference available for M mount lenses. You get an f/2 aperture, which is pretty bright, although it’s not quite the f/1.4 or f/1.2 we see for other systems at much lower price points.

Lens APO-Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH
Mount Leica M Mount
Format Full Frame
Focal length 35mm
Max aperture f/2
Min aperture f/16
Optics 10 elements in 5 groups
Minimum focus distance 30cm
Angle of View 62.5°
Diaphragm Blades 11
Filter size 39mm
Dimensions 53 x 40.9mm
Weight 320g

I’ve no doubt this lens will be good… because it’s a Leica. Whether it’ll be $8,200 good is going to be a personal and subjective question for people to answer individually. Personally, I think I’ll skip this one.

If you’re interested in getting one of your own, though, it’s available to pre-order now for $8,195 and starts shipping soon.

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