Leica has released a redesigned version of its popular Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 ASPH lens with improvements to make it even more versatile.

The black version of the Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 ASPH lens. (Source: Leica Camera.)

Leica has increased the number of aperture blades from nine to 11 to provide visibly improved bokeh. In addition, the closest focusing distance has been reduced from 70 to 40 cm – made possible by a patent-pending double cam unit developed by Leica engineers. This has almost doubled the rotation angle of the focus ring, taking it to 176 degrees in comparison to the previous model without compromising the compact size of the lens. This ensures reliable, precise focusing over the entire setting range. Up to 70 cm it works as usual via the range finder of all digital and analogue M cameras. After a slightly perceptible resistance, the extended close-up range between 70 and 40 cm can be focused precisely via Live View on the screen, via the Visoflex viewfinder or Leica FOTOS app.

The new Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 ASPH. lens is also two millimetres shorter while two millimetres has been added to its diameter. The lens hood is now round, directly integrated in the lens and can easily be screwed in and out for even faster and more flexible handling. Two colour variants of the Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 ASPH. are available to order now at all Leica Stores, the Leica Online Store and authorised dealers. The recommended retail price (RRP) of the Black variant is AU$9,290 including GST and the RRP of the Silver variant is AU$9,590 including GST. Click here for more information.