Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH

Posted on by Mike Evans

Leica has announced a new fast prime with a full-frame equivalence of 50mm for use on the TL crop-sensor camera. It can also be used on the full-frame SL but will address only the central portion of the sensor.

The 35mm Summilux-TL ASPH f/1.4 is set to become the reference lens in the T's armoury, according to Leica. The company claims it delivery great sharpness and resolution with excellent colour reproduction, even when shooting wide open. It will also offer the "unmistable Leica look and a unique and beautiful bokeh".

The Summilux 35mm is the first of two new primes for the T system. It will be followed in the autumn of this year by the 60mm APO Macro-Elmarit-TL with a maximum aperture of f/2.8.

Dealers are now stocking the 35mm Summilux in a choice of black or silver. The suggested retail price is £1,650 including VAT, plus £65 for the hood. This price is higher than had been anticipated in the trade. 



Introducing a new reference lens in the APS-C system category

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 unmistakeable ‘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.

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