Leica are second to none when it comes to optical reputation.

They have just announced a new 35mm f/1.4 aspherical lens for the T series APS sensor sized cameras.

Here are the details:

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LEICA SUMMILUX-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Introducing a new reference lens in the APS-C system category

22 March 2016
Leica Camera has today introduced a new addition to the Leica T Camera System portfolio – the Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. – an extremely fast prime lens with a classic focal length. Set to become the reference lens in the APS-C category, it offers exceptional imaging performance.

The Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. delivers maximum sharpness, and superb resolution and colour reproduction when shooting wide open, throughout its aperture range, and at all distances from its closest focusing limit to infinity. It also produces stunning pictures with that unmistakeable ‘Leica look’ and a unique and beautiful bokeh.

Considering the outstanding speed and extraordinary image performance, this 35mm lens is surprisingly compact – and, thanks to the internal focusing system, its overall length remains unchanged in use. Furthermore, the lens’ manual focusing ring enables the smoothest adjustments to be made when shooting.

As with all other Leica lenses, the Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. has been designed by Leica’s own specialists in Wetzlar, Germany, and represents a perfect union of optical and technical expertise. This combination of cutting-edge technology and the highest quality materials ensures consistently excellent results.

As indicated by the ‘TL’ in its name, the Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. is the first of two new prime lenses for the Leica T Camera System that is fully compatible with the bayonet mount of the Leica T, as well as the L-mount of the Leica SL-System. The second TL lens, the Leica APO Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH., will be available from Autumn 2016.

Availability and pricing
The Summilux-TL 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. is available now in a choice of black or silver anodised finish from authorised Leica stockists in the UK, at a suggested retail price of £1,650 including VAT. A matching lens hood is also available at an SRP of £65 including VAT.
Additional information can be found at uk.leica-camera.com

About Leica Camera AG
Leica Camera AG is an international manufacturer of premium cameras and sport optics products.
The company is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany, with a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal.
Leica Camera AG operates branch offices in the UK, France, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, Italy, Australia and the USA. New and innovative products have been the driving force behind the company’s positive development in recent years.

LEICA SUMMILUX-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. – Technical Information
Angles of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical)
Approx. 45°, 38°, 26°, corresponding to approx. 50mm focal length in 35mm format
Optical design
Number of lenses/ groups
12/8
Aspherical surfaces
4
Position of the entrance pupil (at infinity)
-49.1mm
(in direction of light incidence behind bayonet mount)
Distance setting
Electronically controlled, mode selectable using camera menu: Automatic (AF) or manual (M), in AF mode manual override possible at any times with setting dial
Focusing range
0.4 m to ∞
Smallest object field/largest scale
Approx.: 220 x 147 mm / 1:9.4
Aperture
Setting / Function
Electronically controlled, adjustment using dial on camera, third values also available
Lowest value
16
Bayonet fitting
Leica L bayonet
Filter mount/lens hood
Internal thread for E60 filters, filter mount does not rotate / external bayonet mount for lens hood (included)
Finish
Black or silver anodised
Dimensions and weight
With/without lens hood:
Length to bayonet mount
Approx. 77/123 mm
Largest diameter
Approx. 70/81 mm
Weight
Approx. 428/498g

End (22/03/16).