In this day and age of digital camera technology, one brand of camera and lenses stand out from the rest – Leica. The Leica camera has been known for it’s world renowned build quality and optics, and if something is not up to par with Leica’s standards, then it doesn’t ship. With that being said, Leica are a staple of the photography world and continue to put forth fantastic products.
Moving forward into their SL lineup, Leica has just announced two new lenses: the Leica 75mm & 90mm F/2 APO-Summicrons. The APO line-up in Leica’s lenses are held to stricter criteria and the reason for that is because the APO lenses when made, are merging the red, green, and blue light waves (like you would see on a histogram) to a single plan.
Features of the lenses:
- L-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
- One Aspherical Element
- Multi-Layer and AquaDura Coatings
- Dual Syncro Drive Stepping AF Motor
- Floating Elements System, Internal Focus
- Dust and Moisture-Resistant Design
The Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2, retails for $4,750, is an optically refined short tele prime designed for full-frame L-mount mirrorless cameras. Complementing the slightly long, versatile focal length is a bright f/2 maximum aperture that affords great control over depth of field and also suits working in less-than-ideal lighting conditions. The lens features an apochromatic optical design that uses anomalous partial dispersion glass to suppress color fringing and chromatic aberrations for high clarity and color accuracy, and one aspherical element is also featured to reduce spherical aberrations for improved sharpness. Complimenting the glass are the multi-layer coatings to limit flare and ghosting and a Dual Syncro Drive stepping motor, which delivers fast and quiet autofocus performance.
The Leica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2, retails for $5,150, is an optically refined short telephoto prime designed for full-frame L-mount mirrorless cameras. Complementing the comfortable focal length is a bright f/2 maximum aperture that suits working in low-light conditions and also affords great control over depth of field for isolating subject matter. Just like the the 75mm f/2, this lens also features an apochromatic optical design for high clarity and color accuracy, and one aspherical element is also featured to reduce spherical aberrations for improved sharpness, and with a Dual Syncro Drive stepping motor, to deliver fast and quiet autofocus performance.
For more information about the release of these two lenses, you can click here to view the Leica press release in full.
If you are a Leica shooter, are you excited about the announcement of these lenses? They sound like fantastic options to add to your kit, if you are currently shooting Leica SL system. The lenses are said to start shipping in February and if you would like to pre-order a lens from us, please give our store, Allen’s Camera, a call at 215-547-2841.