On 30 November 2017, Leica revealed the details of the LHSA Special Edition APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. Its exterior design is reminiscent of the historical Summicron 50mm f/2, released together with the M3 in 1954. Though it was originally launched as a retractable lens, a rigid version was issued in 1956.
In 2012, Leica introduced the contemporary Apo-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH – the first lens to fully exploit the capabilities of modern digital camera systems in terms of contrast and resolution. The LHSA special edition now combines this unparalleled imaging performance with the vintage look and feel of a 1950s Summicron.
The lens body has a brass exterior with either a black paint or silver chrome finish. Its separate lens hood and lens cover also reference the era of early Summicron lenses – both are made of brass, and finished to match the selected lens.
The LHSA Special Edition Apo-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH is limited to 500 units, comprising 300 black paint and 200 silver chrome models.