Today Leica Camera launched a total of three new design-variants of existing M lenses: the APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH., Summaron-M 28 f/5.6 and Summilux-M 28 f/1.4 ASPH.
Summilux-M 28 f/1.4 ASPH.
Originally launched in 2015, the Summilux-M was initially only available in a customary black finish. Now Leica are introducing the first design variation of this fast wide-angle lens, characterised by a silver-anodised finish with red-inlaid engravings. The new silver variant is produced in an edition of 300, and will be on the market from 28 February 2019.
Summaron-M 28 f/5.6
Leica’s second offering is a matte-black version of the Summaron-M 28 f/5.6, which has previously been exclusively available in a silver finish. The Summaron-M, which forms part of Leica’s Classics Range, was modelled on a vintage thread-mount lens produced at the Leitz factory in Wetzlar from 1955 to 1963. The new variant features the same resilient, matte-black paint used on the recently launched Leica Q-P. Another notable alteration is the engraving of the aperture scale, which is now inlaid in red. Produced in a limited edition of 500 units, the matte-black Leica Summaron-M 28 f/5.6 will be available from 28 February 2019.
APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH.
This variant not only features an alternative finish, but represents a true re-interpretation of an existing exterior lens design. In contrast to the serially produced model of Leica’s state-of-the-art, optically near-perfect Apo-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH., the new, black chrome version echoes the retro-aesthetics of the Summicron 50 f/2 (II) of 1956, including the characteristically scalloped focus ring. The barrel components of this special series are made of brass, with red engravings for the focal length and feet scale. The lens comes with a classic, round brass lens hood engraved with ‘Made in Germany’, as well as a lens cap turned from solid brass. This variant will be produced in a limited edition of 700 units, and is available from 21 February 2019.
Read all about Leica’s latest M-lens variations in the upcoming issue of LFI (2/2019).
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