Thursday, March 4, 2021



Today, Leica announced a new addition to the M lens lineup, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH.

Offering uncompromising reference-class optical performance along with a new close focus functionality in a compact lightweight build, the 35 APO-Summicron-M represents the absolute top performance available in its focal length.

The 35 APO-Summicron-M houses four aspherical surfaces, a floating element group, six specialized elements with anomalous partial dispersion and three high refractive index, earning its APO designation and boasting a level of performance never before seen in a 35mm M lens. And it does all this in a compact and lightweight package, just over 11 ounces.

The new lens that pushes the limits of what is technologically possible to deliver an uncompromising optical performance.  The APO-Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH quite literally goes one step further, by facilitating true close-up shots. Its minimum focusing distance of just 0.3m surpasses all previous M-lenses. With a beautifully engineered detent at 0.7m on the focus ring, the user can feel when the lens steps into the close-focus range and therefore know when they must switch to Live View on the screen or EVF on an M. Truly a masterpiece of German engineering for next-level authenticity.

The exceptional performance capability is made possible by the elaborate lens design, combined with the high-precision manufacturing processes at the Leica production plant. The ten lens elements are divided into five groups; three elements feature aspherical surfaces (one of them on both sides). Six elements are made of glasses with anomalous partial dispersion, which not only reduce chromatic aberrations to almost zero, but also provide apochromatic correction – a quality that is rarely found in lenses of this focal length, and a first for a 35mm lens in the M-System.

Initial deliveries of the Leica APO-Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH will start within the next week for a price of $8,195. As with any major Leica launch, and especially true for exotic, reference-level lenses like these, supply will be extremely limited for a number of months.

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Leica APO-Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH at-a-glance:

  • (1 ft) Minimum Focusing - Closest focusing distance of any M lens ever produced
  • Most compact 35mm M-System lens
  • Unparalleled optical performance
  • 10 lens elements in 5 groups with 4 aspherical surfaces & a floating element design
  • E39 Filter Thread
  • Weight: 320g / 11.3oz
  • Length: Approx. 40.9 / 49.3 mm (without/with lens hood)
  • Diameter: Approx. 53 mm (without lens hood)

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