Leica rumored to announce a new APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 lens

Leica Camera is rumored to announce soon a new SL lens: Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2. This will be the fourth Summicron lens for the SL system (the other three f/2 lenses were announced at Photokina 2016 but are not yet available) and the second 50mm lens after the Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Here is the list of upcoming SL lenses:

  • Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 lens (not yet officially announced)
  • Leica Summicron-SL 35mm f/2 ASPH
  • Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH
  • Leica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH
  • Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH

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

By the end of 2018 there should be a total of eight Leica SL lenses (the rumored Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 lens is not pictured):

Via Nokishita

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  • Brennan McKissick

    …why not round out the system more by introducing a wide prime first? Or actually getting the other “released” lenses to market?

    • Helge Drange

      The previously announced primes (35, 75 and 90, all f2) and the zoom (16-34) will come within months. Wide prime(s) and long(er) lenses, plus macro and tilt/shift, would be great. Time will tell if and when…

      • Mr B

        How do you know- how many months? They are months late already. This is not the system I was expecting – at the wide end we are being very poorly served.

        • William Bridge

          Do you own a SL ? I am curious about your current opinion.

          • Mr B

            Yes, I have an SL. I also own all three of the currently available lenses.

        • Helge Drange

          My comment is based on statements from visitors at Leica that the lenses are around the corner.

  • Gary Craggs

    Seriously? Is it April 1st already? Announcing an 8th SL lens when the 3 that were announced 16 months ago are still nowhere to be seen. When will this one be available? 2020?

  • eric

    Are there any more new rumors lately for Leica products in 2018?

  • ZMWT

    In 2016, Leica claimed those new smacking f/2 SL primes will come in 2017. But in 2017 they released total waste of effort “products” – horrific CL camera, the cat-eye ashtray 75/1.2, and the Thambar jello pudding lens.

    • William Bridge

      I start to wonder what you do here. It is a rumor site about Leica but your comments are just critics. I don’t really like Sony for my own reasons but I don’t go on Sony forums to post critics on any post…

      • Les

        It’s his hobby horse, don’t mind him.

        I love his critiques:

        “horrific CL,” which doesn’t mean anything at all, but sounds impressive. The only horrific part about the CL is the price, if it’s more than you want to spend.

        “cat-eye ashtray 75/1.2,” that lens is smaller and lighter than Sigma’s 85/1.4, but never mind, let’s call it some absurd word salad to sound knowledgeable.

        ” Thambar jello pudding,” because ZM is shocked (shocked!) to find out that a lens renown for its pleasing softness is … (gasp!) … soft!

        You have to admit that there’s great entertainment value in ZM’s whining.

        • William Bridge

          I kind of agree with your last words haha. Cheers

  • Simon M. Hansen

    I think the SL would be the perfect mirrorless platform. It is the best balance of build quality, usability and size vs. performance for a full-frame mirrorless system (although the body could be a just tad smaller/thinner for my taste). Next, they would just need to release small and fast prime lenses as well as a SL2 that is up to Sony A9 standards in terms of 1. focusing speed (phase detect/dual pixel) and 2. electronic shutter capabilities and 3. IBIS.

  • Does that mean, there will be a smaler and maybe more affordable alternative to the SL-Summilux … or will that be such über-good and pricy equivalent to the 50 f/2 für M-Mount?

  • Licheus

    Pretty curious to see if the lens (with the APO badge) is gonna be placed above or below the 50/1.4.

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