SUMMILUX-M 1.4/35 ASPH.
This is a record of using the LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35mm F1.4 ASPH. Titan color with a LEICA M digital camera.
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The second generation of the aspherical SUMMILUX-M 35mm, titanium color version.
The images are well resolved from the maximum aperture, and the vivid colors, distortion, and curvature are well-corrected and seamless, giving it an atmosphere similar to that of the 50mm F1.4ASPH. Looking at past photo data, it seems that the lens was often taken out on rainy days, and I feel that it skillfully expresses the glossiness of the rain.
Among the rangefinder lenses, the Summilux 35mm lens is the one that I personally deserve to own in the end. I owned both the spherical type and this aspherical type, but I had a hard time deciding which one to keep, and I kept the spherical type.
Compared to the aspherical type, the aspherical type is superior in that it can be used from the maximum aperture and the minimum focusing distance is 0.7m. Personally, I was dissatisfied with the large size and flat design of the lens body, and the feeling of the helicoid was not so good.
I have a lot of affection for this lens, having used it with M9/M/M-P/M10, full-size digital Leica, M6, and film.
The lens I owned was an older model with a bayonet-type hood, and I have seen information that the newer model with a screw-in hood has a floating structure that improves close-up photography, but I have not used the newer model, so I do not know if this is true or not. The new model has been released in black and silver.
I purchased the M6 titanium body, the titanium-colored SUMMILUX-M 50mm / F1.4, and the 35mm at the same time, and the price for all three was less than 500,000 yen, which is quite low compared to the current price.
The first-generation SUMMILUX-M with the ASPHERICAL designation was also just barely affordable at the time I bought this lens, but I passed up on two of them, and now they are no longer available at a price I can afford.
When I think only of taking pictures, if I have 28mm/35mm/50mm and SUMMILUX, I feel that I don’t need anything else.
The SUMMILUX-M 35mm, which was renewed for the third generation in 2010, was renewed for the fourth generation in 2022, and the selling point of the fourth generation is that the minimum focusing distance was shortened to 0.4m in consideration of use with mirrorless cameras. The hood is now a built-in type and is fixed by twisting after pulling it out, the same mechanism as the SUMMILUX-M 50mm ASPH. The number of aperture blades has also been increased to 11. The lens configuration has not changed from this second-generation model, and is considered to be only an evolution of the lens coatings and a brush-up of the mechanism. The price is approximately 800,000 yen.
Leica M-mount lens with 35mm focal length.
It was produced from 1994 to 2010.
Since the mount shape is new, official modification to add a 6-bit code for lens recognition is possible.
Three colors were released: black, silver, and titanium, and a total of nearly 20,000 were produced. Of these, the list reads that there were 3,000 to 4,000 for silver and 1,000 to 2,000 for titanium.
|Lens configuration||5groups 9elements|
|Minimum distance(m)||0.7||Camera distance meter interlocked in all areas|
|Lens length(mm)||34.5||Distance from mount flange|
|Lens max diameter(mm)||53||Focus lever excluded|