Leica has introduced a new lens in the body of the Summilux TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. for the T (Typ 701) mirrrorless camera with an APS-C-sized image sensor.
In April 2014, one of the oldest camera makers in the world introduced a new mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system. The shooter has been named T (Typ 701) and it remains the only TL-mount camera on the market.
As with any ILC system, it needs a myriad of lenses to thrive. Leica has decided to expand its offer courtesy of the Summilux TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, which is already available for purchase for the company’s current and future APS-C-format mirrorless cameras.
Leica Summilux TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens becomes official for TL-mount mirrorless cameras
The German manufacturer says that its new product is a very bright prime optic which is poised to set a new performance standard in the APS-C segment. The Leica Summilux TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens will provide top-notch sharpness, resolution, and color reproduction from the maximum to the lowest aperture settings.
Being a 35mm lens on an APS-C camera means that the optic will deliver a full-frame focal length equivalent of approximately 52.5mm. Combined with the bright aperture, the optic will offer smooth bokeh that is on-par with the “unmistakable Leica look” of its siblings.
The optic has an autofocus motor, but it also comes with a manual focus ring. It will allow users to fully control the focus or to simply make some adjustments after autofocusing. Either way, the lens features an internal focusing mechanism, therefore its length does not change during this process.
New 35mm f/1.4 lens is already available, while 60mm f/2.8 macro lens is coming this year
An optical design consisting of 12 elements in 8 groups has been chosen for the Leica Summilux TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens. There are four aspherical elements in the configuration, which will reduce aberrations and other flaws, thus increasing image quality.
The device measures 77mm in length, while having a 70mm diameter. Its weight stands at 428 grams, while all dimensions will increase when photographers attach the lens hood on the product.
The press release says that the lens is made out of the highest quality materials in order to make sure that users feel that this is a premium product. There is no indication that this is a weathersealed optic, so you will have to be careful when shooting with it in harsh environments.
Leica is selling the lens for a price of $2,395 in black and silver versions. The manufacturer has also confirmed that it will launch the APO Macro Elmarit TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens for APS-C-format MILCs this fall.