Leica has announced the APO-Summicron-SL 50 mm f/2 ASPH lens, price tag $4,495, for its L-mount system.
The new Leica 50mm f/2 revamps its ‘nifty fifty’ with 12 elements in 10 groups to provide edge-to-edge sharpness, smooth bokeh and natural skintones.
The Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50 mm f/2 ASPH lens is designed for a wide range of subjects, ranging from studio shoots to landscapes, architecture, travel and documentary photography.
Leica says the new APO-Summicron-SL 50 mm f/2 ASPH lens is designed to keep chromatic aberrations at bay and capture maximum detail without fringing.
Dual Syncro Drive, or DSD, stepping motors promise speed, while a new focus ring construction employs a ring magnet with alternating polarisation in the manual focusing ring along with a sensor that monitors the status of the magnetic field.
The magnetic field changes its polarity when the ring is turned, and the sensor transmits the pinpoint details of user input that drives the focus. Leica says this makes manual focusing faster and more precise.
The Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50 mm f/2 ASPH lens is also weather sealed against dust and moisture, and a new Aquadura coating helps prevent water beading.