Leica's sharpshooter 50mm APO-Summicron gets a new silver coat
The Apo-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH is said to be the sharpest-ever standard lens. I've been using it for a year and, while I couldn't confirm this to be true, I can tell you that it is the sharpest lens I have ever used. Its performance is belied by its rather modest appearance: Apart from the focus tab—a welcome addition in my book—this pricey optic looks just like the humble 50mm f/2 Summicron which costs not much more than a quarter of the £5,900 price.
Potential buyers will be pleased to hear that this superb lens is now available in a silver anodised finish, similar to the option long available on the basic Summicron.
Leica press release
LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 50mm f/2 ASPH.
Sharpest ever standard lens now available in silver anodised finish
Leica Camera has today announced that the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. is now available in a silver anodised version. Thanks to its meticulous optical design, high quality materials, and sophisticated manufacturing and finishing process, this high-performance lens is considered to be the reference lens among standard focal lengths.
With its combination of exceptional sharpness and imaging performance that captures and resolves even the finest details, the APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. is characterised by extremely high contrast rendition from corner to corner of the image – at maximum aperture and throughout the aperture range. The use of a floating element in its design ensures that this is also maintained at close shooting distances.
Eight lens elements are employed to achieve this outstanding optical performance. Three of the lenses are made from glass types with anomalous partial dispersion or apochromatic correction, and two have a high refractive index. The specially-formulated glass employed is based on original developments from the former Leitz glass laboratory, and the use of this particular glass requires extensive effort and many years of experience. Thanks to continuous advancements in optical technology, processes have since been refined and perfected to achieve the best possible image quality.
As with all other Leica lenses, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. was designed and developed by Leica specialists in Wetzlar and represents the perfect combination of optical and technical expertise. Exceptionally reliable with enduring value, and with the ‘Made in Germany’ quality guarantee, the lens is manufactured from the finest materials and is meticulously assembled by hand. This combination of cutting-edge technology and precise manufacturing procedures ensures consistent excellence at all times.
Pricing and availability
The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. (silver anodised) is scheduled to be available at the end of July 2016 at a suggested retail price of £5,900 including VAT.