28mm Summilux-M f/1.4 lens profile included in the latest Leica M9 firmware

Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH lens design

A lens profile for a 28mm Summilux-M f/1.4 lens was discovered in the latest M9 firmware update:

"The new firmware 1.196 for the M9 has just been released. If you code appropriately, you will find that there is a new lens code 54-1 (code 54, frame 28/90) which was not there in earlier firmwares. The M9 shows this as a lens "28mm f/1.4" on the LCD screen. Also, this coding will implement a profile coding on the exposed file which compensates for some lens light fall (and maybe other effects)."

Last year lens profiles for a 14mm/3.8 and the already announced 21mm f/3.4 and 50mm f/2.0 lenses were also discovered prior to the official announcement. Unless someone at Leica has a sense of humor, I think it is safe to assume that a new 28mm Summilux-M f/1.4 lens will be announced soon.

Currently Leica has two 28mm lenses - the f/2.8 Elmarit and the f/2.0 Summicron. Some recent hints indicated that the 28mm Summicron lens may also be refreshed soon.

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  • Wez

    It would be courteous to properly reference the source of this information, rather than just provide a link to LUF. Especially since you have quoted the person who discovered this information verbatim

    How about “A lens profile for a 28mm Summilux-M f/1.4 lens was discovered in the latest M9 firmware update by Robert_M who posted his findings on the Leica User Forum :”

  • Hank Carter

    Nice. This one has been a long time coming.

    I’m guessing it will be priced around $5000-6000.

  • Nobody Special

    Nice indeed…..

  • John Tunbridge

    Nice. Want to see a 35mm Noctilux. Dreaming?

  • Daryl

    This post is the best rumor I’ve heard in a long time. Leica now has a 21, 24, 28 (maybe), 35 and 50 Summilux. Next in line would be an update on the discontinued 75mm/1.4. How could Leica not remake this lens? Used it sells between $3000 to $5000+ , new would command $7000 to $10,000 if other lenses are any indication. My crystal ball says 2013-14 and in short supply until the next millennium:-)

    • Paul

      75 lux is very hard to focus giving extremely shallow DOF. This is probably why Leica stop making it because OOF is even more pronounce on the monitor with digital than film/print; very similar to the 135 APO. I think 75cron APO is really nice replacement and is very versatile.

      • ester

        as 75/50 ~ 1.4/0.95, the 75mm f1.4 should be about as hard to focus as the 50/0.95, no?

        Not saying that’s totally trivial though… 😉

        • Paul

          Not so. I have both and 75 Lux is much harder to focus.

    • Robert

      Why the need to have everything in f/1.4?

      It makes the lenses (to) big, (to) expensive and image quality is harder to get at the same level as slower lenses.

      The 28/2 and 75/2 are great in size, image quality and both are not that expensive compared to the other lenses.

      I afraid leica will go the same way with 28mm as they did with 21 and 24mm. Cutting out the semi fast lens to only offer a real expensive fast (1,4) or slow (2.8, 3.4 or 3.8) option.

  • pooh

    $5995 I guess.

  • Paul

    If they make it $5000, I might consider it giving 28 is so close to 24/35mm. I already have enough lenses to carry and its getting heavy.

    • om

      Mind that the current 28mm Summicron ASPH is listed for $4295. Judging from the price difference between the current 35cron and lux (the 28 could only be more) there’s hardly any possibility the 28lux cost less than $6000.

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