Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH. Lens (Black)

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General Information

Filter Size 46mm
f/Stop Range f/1.4-16
Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' (0.7m)
Angle of View
For 35mm:
Diagonal: 63°
Horizontal: 54°
Vertical: 37°
For M8:
Diagonal: 50°
Horizontal: 42°
Vertical: 28°
Elements/Groups 9/5
Number of Aperture Blades 9
Lens Mount Leica M quick-change bayonet with "6-bit" lens identification bar code for digital M models
Reproduction Ratio 1:17.4
Length 1.8" (46mm) without lens hood
2.3" (58mm) with lens hood
Maximum Diameter 2.2" (56mm)
Weight 11.2 oz (320 g)
Expert Reviews
Ken rockwell.34354950
21 October 2011

The new LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH with floating element group has slightly better ergonomics and optics, but costs more and no one can get them anyway. This older lens is still absolutly fantastic! Want the most opportune lens for low-light with the LEICA M? This 35mm f/1.4 is it!

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    Journalism, and any place where you absolutely need f/1.4 instead of f/2.

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    The LEICA 35mm f/2 is as good, and usually a better choice unless you absolutely need f/1.4. This 35mm f/1.4 will block part of your finder, while the 35mm f/2 won't.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
16 May 2016

I have used Leica's 35mm f/2.5 Summarit and 50mm f/2 Summicron for the last three years and have always been happy with them on my M Monochrom, but when I bought the Leica M-E last year, I longed for f/1.4 for available light shooting as the M-E (M9) falls apart above ISO 1250.

Abt electronics.32817785
28 August 2014

Manual Cameras are fun to use. They truly put the fun back into Photography

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    Color Resolution, Optical quality

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Photography review.34752477
22 December 2005

This is for the 35mm Summilux/1.4 ASPH lens. I have mixed feelings for this lens. It is extremely good at mid-apertures, is nice and compact, and sharp as it gets, but has pretty bad light fall-off in the first 2 stops.

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    Fit and finish is outstanding. Compactness is very good for a fast lens like this. When stopped down to about f/4 evenness across the frame is very good, sharpness is outstanding. Never had any flare problems with this lens.

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    I found light fall-off at f/1.4 to be shockingly bad in a lens this expensive--it's not that wide a lens. Its funny that this was not really mentioned in the various reviews I read prior to buying this lens.

Shopping com.33655990
2 January 2003

Fast, smooth quality normal lens

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    Razor Sharp. Leica Build quality, outstanding low light abilities

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B h photo.32817553
28 September 2016

I'd give it 4.5 stars...but could not vote fractions.Wide open it is very doable fpr documentary uses. But closed down 2 to 3 stops and it is excellent. Only complaint is the aperture ring is kind of loose.When street shooting the Leica ring gets moved easily. I much prefer the Zeiss aperture ring.

B h photo.32817553
27 September 2016

This lens is good for a variety of shooting situations. Very sharp. It's small and easily carried through crowds or on daylong hikes. It's quite good for landscapes with great depth of field when set at small apertures. Subject's details have contrast and images are suitable for printing.

B h photo.32817553
23 December 2015

If you have a Leica rang finder this lens is a must. Of all the lens I have this is the lens that I use the most. It defines words like sharp, and fast. The Bokeh is constant and dream like. Like all Leica products its built like a tank.

Product Highlights
  • "6-Bit" Coding for Digital M Cameras
  • Fast f/1.4 Aperture Lens
  • Outstanding Sharpness & Contrast
  • Delivers Distortion-Free Images
  • High Resolution Images at All Apertures
  • 2.3' (0.7m) Close Focusing Distance
  • 46mm Filter Size
  • 1.8" (46mm) Long/Weighs 11.2 oz (320 g)
  • 42° Horizontal Angle of View (on M8)
  • Great for All Photographic Opportunities
In The Box
  • Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black)
  • Rear Lens Cap for M-Mount Lenses
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Leather Lens Case
  • Lens Hood
  • 3-Year Passport Warranty
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