The first Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 was originally launched in 1961 and the most recent incarnation has remained unchanged for more than 35 years, but today Leica has announced a new Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 M-mount lens with a vintage design.
Billed as the world’s fastest wide-angle lens, the Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 was very compact and extremely lightweight from the outset, weighing just 200g. The latest version continues in the same vein and benefits from Leica’s considerable understanding of optical construction.
In the past, the pictorial quality of the images from the Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 earned it the name ‘True King of Bokeh’, and Leica seems set for that to continue with the latest optic.
According to Leica, shooting with the Summilux-M 35 f/1.4’s aperture wide open in backlit conditions can result in deliberate flare for creative effect while stopping down to f/2.8 results very sharp and distortion-free images that are in tune with modern expectations for image quality.
The relaunched Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 is made in Wetzlar using the original vintage design and with the identical optical calculation of the first edition. It features a stainless-steel front ring known as the “Steel Rim”, a lockable focus ring and black attachable lens hood – all like the original optic’s. However, it also comes with a new round lens hood with a 46mm thread to enable filters to be used.
The Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 is the fourth lens to join the Leica Classic Line, alongside the Summaron-M 28 f/5.6, the Thambar-M 90 f/2.2 and the Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH.
Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 price and availability
The Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 goes on sale immediately from all Leica Stores and authorised dealers. The Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4’s price is £3,450.00 including VAT.