Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens now shipping

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I already reported that the Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH will start shipping in early 2017 and a few days ago Meister Camera mentioned on their Facebook page that they have already received their first batch of the new lens.

Check pricing and availability of the Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH at:

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  • as great as people say the SL is its native auto-focus lens offerings are soooo expensive and huge! It has to a be the best auto-focus 50 eeeever to demand that price.

    • sperdynamite

      I would bet your it’s slightly worse than the Zeiss 55/1.4 Otus but with a different enough rendering that Leica-nuts will be able to say it’s magical. Personally I spent the $900 bucks on the Sigma Art, and the $1200 bucks on the 58mm 1.4 G, which netted me the benefit of great character and raw optical quality in two lenses for less than half the price of this Leica beer can.

      • FountainHead

        “…less than half the price of this Leica beer keg.”

        There, I fixed it for you.

        • RRDiaz

          OK, I wonder who is going to be first in making the 50mm Summilux-SL Coffee Tumbler.

  • El Aura

    I cannot remember any system with a slower rollout of native lenses.

    • Les

      Sony. It took them ages to release any lenses that were worth using on their mirrorless full-frame systems. They had kit zooms, but nothing worth attaching to very expensive bodies. At least the SL and T can use M lenses which are high-quality and fairly common.

      • sperdynamite

        The 55/1.8 and 35/2.8 were both available at launch and every review indicates that they’re more than capable of satisfying users on the high MP sensors. By the end of the following year they had 3 more primes and more zooms. This is not even counting the Zeiss Loxia and Batis offerings. Don’t be like Trump. Base your arguments in fact.

        • JFSG

          Well, looks like I’m not the only one using both the Sony and Leica systems.

        • Les

          My experience with the Sony zooms is that they are cheap junk that fall apart in your hands. I know quite a few people who use Sony professional video cameras, but none of them use Sony’s lenses!

          So Sony had a slow 35 and a 55 at launch. Anything else you had to adapt. Unfortunately, their Coke-bottle-thick sensor glass doesn’t allow you to use the Leica lenses people want to use.
          Things got so bad that Zeiss had to release their own aftermarket compatible lenses, even though they were officially Sony partners!

          One good thing came out of Sony’s lens fiasco: suddenly 30-year-old lenses made for obsolete film systems were worth a small fortune. They were clumsy, and you had to use poorly-made adapters, but at least they worked, unlike Sony’s dregs…

          • Brennan McKissick

            The Sony released with 2 primes. The “slow” 35/2.8 and the 55/1.8. The 24-70/4 came as well and is hardly “junk.” At least it’s a fixed aperture and appropriately sized for the system… Also, the 70-200/4 came out shortly after in 2014 followed by the 16-35/4. All within 6-8 months of the camera being released. Leica has released 2 massive variable aperture zooms and is just now releasing their first prime and it’s $5000 and the size of a Foster’s beer can. Sony did infintely better with their FF mirrorless product launch than Leica did. Let’s not even bring up the Zeiss offerings that were out shortly after the camera’s release as well.

            You are crazy if you think the SL is a better performing, more complete system.

          • Les

            Which system is more complete depends on your requirements. You shouldn’t assume what others require.

            I personally don’t need five different versions of a kit zoom (or even one), but I do need solid lenses that can be focused precisely and reliably. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve seen Sony zooms literally fall apart with minimal use (the kind that Leica’s lenses shrug-off for decades). No thanks.

            I’m hardly the only person complaining about Sony’s lens lineup. It’s shameful for such an expensive camera (or group of cameras: one for resolution, one all-rounder, and one for video). If you want to know what a complete high-quality AF lens lineup is like, look at Fuji instead. They engineer lenses for photographers, not for Best Buy flyers.

          • sperdynamite

            Please provide evidence of a Sony zoom falling apart after minimal use? You seem to hate Sony so I have a hard time believing you’d ever dirty your fingers on an A7RII. Or is this just another Trumpian lie that you tell yourself to justify a luxury product?

          • Les

            A close friend and colleague had this happen with a Sony zoom that came with an FS700 4K camera. The lens had suffered no abuse, no weight was put on it (the matte box is on rods). It just split in half, front elements in one hand, mount and rear group in the other.
            Needless to say, she now uses adapted EOS lenses exclusively (Zeiss primes and a Canon zoom). Great camera, but the lenses aren’t worth the risk on a paying gig.
            I don’t “hate Sony.” Their professional video and audio gear has always been good. Even you must realize that their consumer equipment is not built to the same standard. You can’t judge equipment on specs alone, it also has to be built well.

          • Brennan McKissick

            Canon L zoom/prime lenses and Zeiss ZE lenses are also far cheaper than the Pro Video and Cine lenses from Sony so I’m sure that has a lot to do with it since that’s what most people use anyways.

          • sperdynamite

            You are basing this off know one guy who had a problem with one lens?

            Here are actual Leica users reporting their own problems: http://www.getdpi.com/forum/leica/59271-leica-service-4.html#post712871

            There are TWO other active threads on Rangefinderforum and GetDPI describing the nightmares people are going through with Leica service and support for their faulty products.

          • Les

            I gave an example, which you asked for, of one woman who is a respected and highly accomplished professional. Why you have a problem with that, I don’t know. Maybe it bothers you that people actually know this equipment and use it professionally, rather than just spouting-off in the comments section.

            What you failed to notice in the Leica thread is that everybody says that the SL lenses do not have this issue, and that Leica has committed to fix AF issues with S lenses, even out of warranty. They even announced that they are working on a new AF motor assembly. Service delays only affect people going through Leica USA, people in Europe and most Asian markets report a quick service turnaround.

            I’m sure you read the Lens Rentals blog, so you’ve also conveniently ignored the huge issues with Sony’s US service (no parts, no technicians, everything is the user’s fault, and thus not covered).

          • sperdynamite

            I shouldn’t have to explain why a single anecdote does not constitute sufficient evidence of anything. I’ve handled many Sony lenses of all types and none have failed. There, now wé’re even. I certainly don’t try to extrapolate my experience to every user. As for the lack of Sony service in the USA, Precision is their service provider and I haven’t heard any major complaints. Leica doesn’t do much of anything without a trip to Germany so I’d say thats at minimum a moot point. However when you consider how much people pay for Leica equipment it becomes a bit more muddled.

          • sperdynamite

            I could argue your points but everything you say is a complete fabrication or or at minimum has a let’s say, “playful”, relationship to the truth. That’s the difference between me and you. I don’t have to make things up when I’m describing the SL. It really does have the worst sensor in it’s class, and the only lenses you can actually buy, right now, are two variable aperture zooms that somehow remain larger than any 2.8 equivalent. Where as you need to say that a lens which is faster than a Summicron is ‘slow’.

      • El Aura

        If you qualify the statement by how many ‘worthwile’ lenses a system has, you’ll never get an agreement as there is no universal yardstick for what is worth using. You could count primes vs zooms, but the SL doesn’t do better than the Sony E-mount on that measure either.

        The first E-mount camera was announced in May 2010. Like the SL it was announced with three lenses (2 zooms, 1 prime) but those lenses all shipped within a few months not more than year after the camera announcement. And the E-mount got another four lenses in August 2014, three of them primes. So, unless Leica announces another four lenses in January, Sony has definitely passed them.

        And while the SL can use M, R, and S-mount lenses (though some of those adaptors took a long time shipping), the APS-C E-mount could equally use APS-C A-mount and FF A-mount lenses via native adaptors and via third-parties a whole lot more.

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