Leica officially launches 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens for Leica T, but it’s more pricey than expected
March 22, 2016
Weighing under 500g and measuring 123x81mm, the Leica Summilux-TL f/1.4 ASPH is designed to be compact. Delivering the 35mm equivalent of a 50mm optic, the lens features a 12-element-in-8-groups build and a close-focusing distance of 0.4m. The Leica Summilux-TL f/1.4 ASPH is due out now, priced £1,650. However, when the lens was first announced last year, it was expected to cost £300 less.
Leica Camera has today introduced a new addition to the Leica T Camera System portfolio – the Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH – an extremely fast prime lens with a classic focal length. Set to become the reference lens in the APS-C category, it offers exceptional imaging performance.
The Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH delivers maximum sharpness, and superb resolution and colour reproduction when shooting wide open, throughout its aperture range, and at all distances from its closest focusing limit to infinity. It also produces stunning pictures with that unmistakable ‘Leica look’ and a unique and beautiful bokeh.
Considering the outstanding speed and extraordinary image performance, this 35mm lens is surprisingly compact – and, thanks to the internal focusing system, its overall length remains unchanged in use. Furthermore, the lens’ manual-focusing ring enables the smoothest adjustments to be made when shooting.
As with all other Leica lenses, the Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH has been designed by Leica’s own specialists in Wetzlar, Germany, and represents a perfect union of optical and technical expertise. This combination of cutting-edge technology and the highest-quality materials ensures consistently excellent results.
As indicated by the ‘TL’ in its name, the Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH is the first of two new prime lenses for the Leica T Camera System that is fully compatible with the bayonet mount of the Leica T, as well as the L-mount of the Leica SL-System. The second TL lens, the Leica APO Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH, will be available from autumn 2016.
Availability and pricing
The Summilux-TL 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH is available now in a choice of black or silver anodised finish from authorised Leica stockists in the UK, at a suggested retail price of £1,650 including VAT. A matching lens hood is also available at an SRP of £65 including VAT.