Leica to announce a new Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 ASPH lens

On September 15th, Leica is rumored to announce a new Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 ASPH lens (previously rumored here). Here is what we know so far:

  • Improved close focusing distance: 0.4 m
  • Improved boken (11 aperture blades)
  • Integrated pull-out hood
  • Made in Germany
  • Additional information:

“Whether for detailed landscape shots, high-contrast pictures in difficult lighting conditions or subjects in close-up range with shallow depth of field: the Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 ASPH. produces extraordinary results. Now, eleven instead of nine aperture blades are used for a visibly improved boken. In addition, the closest focusing distance was reduced to 40 centimeters. When shooting up to 70 centimeters, this works as usual via the rangefinder on all Leica M cameras. After a slight perceptible resistance, the extended close-tocus range between U and 40 centimeters can be controlled via Live View on the screen, the Visoflex viewfinder, or the Leica FOTOS app. Lastly, the lens hood is now round, directly integrated in the lens and can be easily available at any time. These new lenses will replace the current Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1 .4 ASPH versions. The optical formula and filter size (E46) remains unchanged with this new version.”

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