Leica Updates Trio Of Wide-Angle M

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Even the classic version of a product can benefit from an update and Leica just announced that three of its classic, wide-angle M lenses have been improved. These next gen lenses include the Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH, Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH and the Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH. Details are few and far between but as far as we can tell, overall improvements include a new optical design and “more robust” construction. In addition to reduced field curvature for both of the 28mm lenses, the 35mm now features an 11-bladed iris. Lens hoods and lens caps are metal and come with a ring to protect the lens when the hood is detached. And, if you like to coordinate the look of your camera/lens combo, the Summicron-M 35mm will now be available in silver (you’ll have to pay an extra couple of hundred bucks for the silver model) as well as black. We don’t have availability for the U.S. but the lenses should be available in the U.K.—and probably the U.S.—at the end of January (both 28mm models) and the beginning of February (35mm model). For more information, see the press release below or visit www.us.leica-camera.com.

USD Pricing:

Summicron-M 35mm: $2,795 (black); $2,995 (silver)

Smmicron-M 28mm: $3,995

Elmarit-M 28mm: $2,195

Leica Introduces New Generation Of Classic Leica M lenses With Improved Performance
 
·        Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH.
·        Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH.
·        Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH.
Leica Camera has introduced next-generation models of three of its classic M lenses: the Leica M Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH., Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH. and Leica Elmarit-M 28 mm f/2.8 ASPH., each delivering enhanced image performance and quality, thanks to their new optical design.
 
Additional improvements to the lenses include a more robust construction, now featuring a full metal rectangular lens hood with thread mount, and a threaded protection ring for the front of the lens when the hood is not attached. The lens cap is now also made of metal.
 
As with all Leica products, this classic trio of reportage lenses offers both optical and technical excellence. Made in Germany, the combination of state-of-the-art technology, the highest quality materials and meticulous manual construction ensures consistent quality, resulting in reliable products with outstanding durability.
 
The new generation Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH. and Elmarit-M 28 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lenses are scheduled to be available from the end of January. The Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH. is scheduled to be available from February in black and, for the first time, also in a silver anodised finish.
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The impressive Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH. fast, classic prime lens delivers superior image performance and a unique bokeh. Despite its high speed and exceptional image quality, its dimensions are astoundingly compact. Furthermore, with its eleven blade iris, this new generation lens creates a circular aperture, lending out of focus areas an extremely smooth look and feel. Images are pin-sharp with rich contrast, and almost completely free from distortion with superb bokeh at all apertures and distances – and even when shooting wide open.
 
High performance and speed are also distinct characteristics of the Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH. wide-angle lens. Its outstanding speed makes it particularly versatile and produces brilliant imaging results, even in difficult lighting conditions. At its maximum aperture, the Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH. delivers rich contrast, differentiated reproduction of even the finest structures, a soft and smooth bokeh, and extremely high resolution. Improvements within the optical design in this new generation lens have made it possible to achieve superior image performance across the entire image field. The significant reduction of image field curvature guarantees better resolution of details from corner to corner within every picture.
 
The Elmarit-M 28 mm f/2.8 ASPH. is the most compact lens in the entire portfolio of Leica M lenses. Thanks to its small size and light weight, this lens is a particular favourite with street and reportage photographers. Compared to the previous model, this new generation lens offers significantly reduced image field curvature, which brings considerably improved image performance with high resolution and brilliant resolution of details. The Elmarit-M 28 mm f/2.8 ASPH. is practically distortion-free from infinity to its closest focusing distance of 0.7 metres, and provides an exceptionally clear view through the Leica M viewfinder.
 
Pricing and availability
The new Leica M lenses are scheduled to be available as follows from Leica stores and authorised Leica UK dealers:
·        Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH. (black) – end January 2016, price £1,650
·        Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH. (black) – end January 2016, price £2,975
·        Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. – beginning of February 2016, black version price £2,250, silver anodised version price £2,350
(Suggested retail prices including VAT)
 
Additional information can be found at uk.leica-camera.com.

 

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