New Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 in black anodized limited edition lens announced

The previously rumored Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 in black anodized limited edition lens is now officially announced:

“The Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 from 1961 is still as popular as ever. In particular, the black edition with its characteristic silver front ring known as the “Steel Rim” has become a coveted collector’s item, in part owing to a very small production run. Now, in honor of this unique lens, we introduce a new special edition, limited to 200 units.:

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New: Leica Summilux-M 1:1.4/35 now available as a limited special edition in black.

Leica M-Lenses’ legendary reputation precedes them. One of these outstanding lenses is the Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4. Still valued today, it appeared in 1961 as the world’s fastest wide-angle lens at the time and experienced a renaissance with its new edition. Now, Leica Camera AG presents the classic lens in a strictly limited design variant with a special serial number.

Based on the first edition, the Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 now emerges in a black anodised finish, featuring the iconic silver stainless steel front ring, commonly referred to as the “Steel Rim”. The engraving on the front reads “LEITZ WETZLAR”. Another detail can be seen on the black painted brass focus lock button which acquires a unique patina with frequent use. In order to come as close as possible to the original, the engravings on the special edition’s focus ring have been adjusted. The arrangement of the feet and metre scale is also modelled on the original in terms of colour and has been swapped in comparison to the silver series lens.

With its imaging performance, the special edition corresponds to the series model. Photographing with open aperture creates pictures with an especially soft, almost magical bokeh which is hard to achieve even with digital image processing. Its extraordinary image look earned the Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 the title “True King of Bokeh”. At the latest after stopping down to f/2.8, it produces very sharp and particularly distortion-free pictures which also meet modern requirements for image quality.

The special packaging with its vintage look already hints at the origin of this edition. In addition to the lens, it also comprises a lens container, a clip-on lens hood as well as an additional round lens hood with E46 thread for the use of filters.

The black anodised Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 with an engraved special serial number will be available in selected Leica Stores worldwide starting now. The recommended retail price will be €9,950.00 including VAT.

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