Release timeframe on the new Leica SL lenses



Here is the (updated?) release timeframe on the four new Leica SL lenses that were announced at Photokina last year:

  • Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH: coming in 2017
  • Leica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH: Spring 2018
  • Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH: Spring 2018
  • Leica Summicron-SL 35mm f/2 ASPH: Spring 2018 (via DC.Watch)

The fifth lens (Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH) is already available in stores.

Currently there are three Leica SL lenses available for sale and in stock (one prime and two zooms):


By the end of 2018 there will be a total of seven Leica SL lenses:

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  • ZMWT

    At least 3 new SL lenses were supposed to come in summer/autumn 2017. None has come yet. If they think the SL system will take off by offering mere 3 lenses (two zooms and one prime) for 2+ years already, they are kidding themsleves.

    • It’s the nano coating Leica had to find the workers to nano coat the glass. The problem is the same as the reviewers on the net everyone wanted to be the CEO! But rumor now states you can buy 40% of Leica?

      • ZMWT

        That’s funny. Thank you ..

  • sperdynamite

    Wow I can’t wait till 2018 when I can get a 35/2 that is the same size as a Sony 35/1.4 and twice the price. So cool!!!!!

    • ZMWT

      Two photographs with that lens is all what it takes for a discerning photographers to see the value of it.

      • sperdynamite

        “a sense of overwhelming smugness is all what it takes for diluted photographers to see the value of it.”

        • Gary Craggs

          “diluted”? Perhaps you should water-down your own smug delusions before trolling irrelevant comments. Or do you go on BMW blogs and gloat about how you could get a Toyota engine at the same weight for half the price? Insert own pointless ‘comparisons’.

          • kahiri78

            Correct. This this sperdy guy to drive his same old 10 years car and compare it with the new Toyota. This Sperdy gusy would never understand…

      • TomV

        I disagree, the lenses probably perform very well and it’s not likely that anyone can blindly see that one is better. It’s a choice that everyone makes to shoot what equipment they want, but choosing Leica does not have some automagical technical superiority over something else. I use Leica gear because I like the way it feels and how it allows me to work. It happens to be great, but so is a lot of gear from Sony, Sigma, Voigtlander, et al.

        • kahiri78

          Based on the colors/rendering alone, I regard Leica colors are much better than Sony lenses. Unless if you are comparing Leica with Zeiss. But then its “Zeiss”. Sony could not have made this far in terms of lenses if not because of Zeiss.

    • Gary Craggs

      Except that the Sony 35/1.4 won’t fit on my Leica SL, so in terms of value for money its an utter waste. Very expensive paperweight.

  • eric

    I will never understand the people who visit leica sites and feel the need to talk about sony and fuji etc. and draw dumb comparisons that make shooting a Leica out to be a pretentious. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    • That’s very true nothing is easier to shoot than the Leica I only wish they would have solved the tiny rangefinder view window crippling the ability to accurately focus M lenses. The EVF that was introduced with the M9 and the upgrades to focus peaking solved some of the issues the hit rate became much higher. The image files are spectacular except for those shot into a strong light source. Adjusting the camera settings blindfolded is easy, a higher shutter speed would have been a plus. The in camera meter takes some getting use to in high contrast lighting. The shutter release sucks but that also can be remedied with a soft release button. No built in diopter correction is also a major drawback for me. The most obvious strength is the compactness of the camera with wide and normal lenses. I loved my Leica’s but gave them all up Was after careful thought And review of more than 10,000 images. The result percentage just wasn’t comparable to my other systems.

      • eric

        Not sure I understand what you’re saying? The whole point of the M is the rangefinder mechanism. The viewfinder is very bright and clear on the M10 and can even be used with glasses. Focusing takes some practice but after awhile it’s pretty easy to nail focus for most stuff. I think you would have to be pretty blind to not be able to use the focus patch even with glasses. I would never measure any camera by its percentage of captures though. A few great shots with a Leica are worth a few misses. Nothing compares to the look of leica glass.

        • ZMWT

          Leica’s pride are some very fine lenses with f0.95, f1, and f1.4 apertures. In half the all circumstances, it is nearly impossible to use such apertures and obtain good focus without a reliable AF.
          However, having that in mind, it is also not necessary for Leica to destroy the principle of the rangefinder camera and add endless contraptions to help one get just every possible picture in all possible situations in perfect focus. That would destroy our skills, creativity, and charm of the M. If that is necessary, perfect focus, then people should stop buying M, and buy SL.

          • TomV

            Come on, this is just silly.

          • eric

            Jealousy is a heavy burden to bare, my friend.

          • Brennan McKissick

            …can’t tell if serious…or blinded by marketing…

        • CHD

          I had fairly high success rates with my M240 but considering how many wide angle lenses I used which required external VF as well as lenses like the 50mm Sonnar with focus shift I realized I would be better off with the SL.

          The SL is awesome, 100% of my photos are in focus. FOV is 100% accurate, and I don’t miss the M240 ‘rangefinder experience’ for even a second.

          • eric

            congrats. then the M wasn’t for you. the rest of us M users will enjoy it. have fun with the SL.

          • CHD

            You’re happy with your M, good for you. In case you didn’t notice this post is about SL lenses….so if you get butt hurt reading about SL and it’s differences to an M then move along.

          • eric

            Is this supposed to be gay joke? because it’s not funny. it’s 2017, take your awful prejudices to another site. i have no problem with the SL camera. Im allowed to make a comment. If you don’t like it don’t reply. You don’t own me or anyone.

          • CHD

            Gay joke, what are you talking about? You’re getting awfully defensive buddy, maybe you’re ESL and interpreting things wrong but I have no issue with gays.

          • Wow, was this out of left field or what?

      • ZMWT

        Leica’s pride are some very fine lenses with f0.95, f1, and f1.4 apertures. In half of all circumstances, it is nearly impossible to use such apertures and obtain good focus without a reliable AF.
        However, having that in mind, it is also not necessary for Leica to destroy the principle of a rangefinder camera and add endless contraptions to help everyone every possible picture in all possible situations in perfect focus. That would destroy our skills, creativity, efforts, demolish meaning of the photography as an art, and — destroy charm of the M. If that is necessary, perfect focus, then people should stop buying M, and buy SL.

        • TomV

          I always felt their sweet spot was the Summicron line and depending on what focal length, even the Elmar / Elmarit zone. A lot of people equate shallow focus to quality, but I don’t always agree. It also happens to be a more sane stop to try and focus a rangefinder, which lets face it, is not as easy as nailing focus in live view without shooting brackets and this taking away some from the street shooter’s “moment in time” ethos.

          • ZMWT

            Compressed OoF was used a lot in food photography as an easier way to clean up the table. Also in sports photography because it was a consequence of long focal length lenses used, and little available light. It was also used a little in the Golden era of Hollywood portraits, but, nothing as extremely as it is used today. Unfortunately, it has gotten into everything today, and the art of storytelling, and the art of context in photography, is totally ruined.

    • Bo Dez

      Who cares? They just do it to get a reaction. Just don’t react.

      • eric

        You’re probably right. Good advice.

    • kahiri78

      You are so right. Those type of people never understand that photography is not all about using a camera capable of taking 20 fps and having 30 plus functions just to conclude you have a “value for money” camera. Sad people they are I guess…

  • John-F

    Regarding the timeframe for the next Leica SL lenses, while DC Watch is claiming that only the APO-Summicron-SL 75mm Asph will be announced in (late) 2017, the German website of Leica Camera (see: http://de.leica-camera.com/Fotografie/Leica-SL/SL-Objektive/Festbrennweiten-Objektive) still has both the 75mm and 90mm Cron as ‟Available soon‟ (Bald verfügbar in German). Only the Summicron-SL 35mm f2 Asph is scheduled for Spring 2018 (in time for a new SL2 maybe?).

    What is strange is that the 90mm is described in the German webpage as ‟Summicron-SL 90mm Asph‟, not APO anymore it would seem. However, if you right click on the picture of the Cron 90mm and open the pic in another window, you can clearly see the name on the front of the lens: ‟APO-Summicron-SL 1:2/90 ASPH.‟ What is going on here? Will this new 90mm Cron be an APO lens or not ,,, ?

    On a personal note, I do hope that Leica will accelerate the R&D on Leica SL lenses, and announce more new lenses. How about updated versions of the APO-Macro-Elmarit-R 100mm, the APO-Elmarit-R 180mm, the APO_Summicron-R 180mm and APO-Telyt-R 280mm f4 – all with the latest AF technology. It would send a positive message to Leica SL users and to everyone in the photographic community.

    • Just for the record – the timeframe I posted comes from the Japanese site DCWatch (see link in post) and they are a very reliable source.

  • Neopulse

    For a second there I thought they were new S lenses.

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