Leica re-releases the Summilux-M ‘Metal Rim’ 35mm F1.4, the self-proclaimed ‘True King of Bokeh’: Digital Pictures Assessment

Alongside the announcement that it’s reviving its iconic M6 movie digital camera, Leica additionally introduced it’s re-releasing its 50-year-old Summilux-M 35mm F1.4 lens.

At its launch in 1961, the ‘Metal Rim’ 35 Summilux was one of many world’s quickest wide-angle lenses. Regardless of its quick F1.4 aperture, it was extremely compact, weighed little or no and supplied unimaginable picture high quality. It additionally had completely unimaginable bokeh, main it to be nicknamed the ‘True King of Bokeh,’ in Leica’s personal phrases.

Solely 1500 models have been produced between 1961 and 1966, at which level the lens obtained ‘a slight redesign to accomodate a distinct lens shade with Collection VII filter compatibility.’ This second model went on to be produced for almost 30 years, till it was changed with a brand new aspherical mannequin in 1995.

This 2022 re-release stays true to the unique, non-aspherical design, consisting of seven parts in 5 teams with a 10-bladed aperture diaphragm. Nevertheless, it does make use of ‘trendy manufacturing strategies, mechanics and optical coatings,’ though Leica doesn’t specify what precisely has modified.

It additionally options the signature ‘Metal Rim’ entrance ring, the detachable black lens hood and the main target ring lock, all of which have been discovered on the unique model. This 2022 re-release additionally features a second lens hood that’s spherical with a 46mm thread so you may simply add filters.

The M-mount ‘Metal Rim’ 35 Summilux joins the Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2, Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 and Noticlux-M 50mm f/1.2 ASPH lenses within the ‘Leica Traditional Line’ and is obtainable with a silver chrome end for $3,895. You possibly can pre-order the lens now by way of Leica’s on-line retailer. The primary models are anticipated to be delivered beginning subsequent week for pre-orders on a first-come-first-serve foundation.

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