The latest Leica lens rumors


The latest Leica lens rumors I received from a source (Google translated):

  • Based on the optics Leica has been ordering and developing in the last year, it appears that they are working on a new 50mm lens that is different than any other lens currently in production. While this could be just for exploring different designs, the sheer amount of activity and different elements being developed could suggest that Leica will soon release a new 50mm lens. The design appears to resemble a relatively heavy lens for the M system at about 0.5 kilograms, so not as massive as the Noctilux 50. The company either is working on revamping the first generation 50 Noctilux or on a new 35mm lens. The aperture could be as low as f/0.7.
  • While Leica is investigating the next 50mm Summilux lens, there is a desire to break through the f/1.4 barrier and maybe do an f/1.2 lens instead.
  • The next generation 50mm Noctilux lens is planned to be released in the next three years. It will be slightly faster than the current Noctilux - perhaps f/0.9, but that is not confirmed yet.
  • The 35mm lens has an interesting future where two fast lenses are under consideration: a Summilux and a Noctilux rumored to be based on a super-fast design (something like f/0.8 to f/0.75). Such designs are not only intended to be optically fast, but to also match the upcoming high-resolution M cameras.
  • Currently, Leica is working on a series of lenses that will take advantage of the next generation M-camera sensors. Expect all lens formulations to be redesigned within the next 5-6 years (this is probably why we already started seeing some M lenses being discontinued).

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