This is record of using the SUMMICRON-M 35mm ASPH. (LEICA) with a digital camera.

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SUMMICRON-M 35mm ASPH. Photo example (with Leica M9 digital camera)

The M-type Summicron 35mm with aspherical lens.
This lens delivers a stable image from the widest aperture, with good resolution all the way to the corners, and is highly resistant to backlighting, giving it a modern appearance.
Among the larger M-type lenses, this lens is as compact as the Elmarit 28mm ASPH. and makes a nimble shooting machine when combined with the M-type Leica.
As I don’t find it interesting, I thought a slightly cloudy Summicron would be just right for me.

I owned a black and a silver one. The silver one feels heavier and more massive than the black one. The black lens is light and nimble.
The silver is also quite expensive now, but the titanium color, which I have passed up on several times, has skyrocketed in price and become a very unaffordable lens. Even so, the price, which was less than 200,000 yen in the 2010s, has become quite high in the 2020s, at 300,000 yen for used lenses and 450,000 yen for new lenses.

The official compatible hood is 12526, but the old IROOA, 12504, and other hoods can also be used.

IROORA compatible hood
hood 12526

It is a 35mm focal length Leica M-mount lens with an aspherical lens.
Among the increasingly large M-type lenses, this compact lens, along with the “Elmarit 28mm ASPH.” makes a nimble photographic device when used with the M-type Leica.
It is still being supplied as of 1996-2022, and a considerable number of lenses have been produced.
Current products have a 6-bit code added for lens recognition, and older lenses can be modified to add a 6-bit code.
Before the minor change, three colors were released: black, silver, and titanium.

The lens has undergone minor changes in appearance, and while the lens configuration is identical, the following changes have been made

  • The number of aperture blades has been changed; the old model had 9 blades, while the new model has 11 blades, and the aperture shape has been changed to maintain a circular shape.
  • The hood has been changed from a screw-in type (12526) to a screw-on type.
  • The color of the barrel of the new model is now only black, except for limited editions.
focal length(mm)35
Maximum aperture2
Minimum aperture16
Lens configuration5groups 7elements
Leaf blade9New version is 11
Minimum distance(m)0.7
Lens length(mm)34.5Distance form mount frange
Lens max diameter(mm)53
Filter diameter(mm)39
Release dateYear 1997
List price(Yen)

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