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Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black) USA

Price: $5,150.00
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Product Highlights
  • Leica M Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Construction: 9 Elements / 5 Groups
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Floating Element
  • 6-Bit Lens Coding
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.3'
  • Filter Thread: 46mm
  • Nine-Blade Aperture
  • Lens Hood Included

A popular wide-angle lens for the Leica M rangefinder system, the black Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens from Leica provides high quality optics for excellent performance in a variety of applications. The aperture range starts at a fast f/1.4 for available light and stops all the way down to f/16 for use in many scenarios, such as landscapes or images requiring great depth-of-field. The optical design also allows this lens to remain compact with 9 elements in 5 groups, of which one has an aspherical surface to assist in control of aberrations.

The lens features Leica's 6-bit coding for sending metadata to digital M cameras, allowing for proper frame lines to be shown as well as proper digital correction of lens aberrations to be done in camera. The 35mm lens can even focus as close as 2.3' in which close up performance is improved through the inclusion of a floating element in the design. The aperture also uses nine blades for smooth out-of-focus areas in your imagery. Additionally, 46mm screw-on filters can be used and a lens hood is included to limit flare.

Performance improves dramatically as lens is stopped down
Maximum reproduction ratio of 1:17.4
Lens construction of 9 elements in 5 groups
Rectangular screw-mount lens hood for limiting flare
Depth-of-field scale located on lens barrel
Performance
Lens Mount Leica M
Focal Length 35.6mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Format Compatibility Full frame 35mm film and digital image sensors
Angle of View 35mm
Diagonal: 63°
Horizontal: 54°
Vertical: 37°

M8
Diagonal: 50°
Horizontal: 42°
Vertical: 28°
Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' (0.7 m)
Reproduction Ratio 1:17.4
Optical Construction 9 elements / 5 groups
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Coding System 6-bit
Physical
Filter Thread 46mm
Dimensions (Diam. x L) Without Hood: 2.2 x 1.8" (56 x 46 mm)
With Hood: 2.2 x 2.3" (56 x 58 mm)
Weight 11.3 oz (320 g)
Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black)
  • Rear Lens Cap for M-Mount Lenses
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Leather Lens Case
  • 3-Year Passport Warranty
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    LeicaSummilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black)
     
    4.9

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (10)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Nice bokeh (8)
    • Strong construction (7)
    • Consistent output (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (9)
      • Low light (8)
      • Travel (7)
      • Everyday (6)
      • Night photography (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7), Enthusiast (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (17)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I'm hooked!

      This lens renders beautifully, I am so happy to be able to own such a lens. The bokeh is really nice, not as sterile and I thought. A great lens for night shots...Read complete review

      This lens renders beautifully, I am so happy to be able to own such a lens. The bokeh is really nice, not as sterile and I thought. A great lens for night shots as well.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not that sharp at 1.4

      At 1.4 the images are soft (not sharp). I would expect to have sharp images for the price. I am not sure why I paid $1955 more (vs the Summicron 35 2.0)...Read complete review

      At 1.4 the images are soft (not sharp). I would expect to have sharp images for the price. I am not sure why I paid $1955 more (vs the Summicron 35 2.0) for 1 stop faster, a blurry image and a slightly larger lens. Otherwise, the images at 2.0 and up are very sharp. The hood is very solid and clicks in to place nicely. The lens with the hood does not obscure my view very much (or it does not bother me at least).

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      5.0

      Superb glass

      By Mark

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

        Stunningly sharp image quality, even stopped completely down

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        the lens for the m

        By mike

        from washington dc

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

          very sharp, photos pop; nothing wrong with this lens. ideal focal length for leica range finder photography IMHO.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A thing of beauty

          By Silvio

          from New York, NY

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Low Light
          • Reliable
          • Sharp

          Cons

          • Aperture Ring Too Soft

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Traveling

          Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

          I'm using the lens on a Sony A7R with Metabones adapter. While the native 55 Zeiss FE lense is nothing short of phenomenal (albeit it could be faster), the 35mm f/2.8 really struggles with handheld shots in low light. I returned that lens, tried the Voigtlander Nokton Classic f/1.4 first (not good, super blurred full wide), then resolved to go all in with the Leica.
          The Summilux 35mm is an unbelievable performer, especially when coupled with Sony's focus peaking and live view zoom. Tack sharp, easy to focus, a compelling combination with the Sony A7R. The aperture ring could be a bit stiffer, the hood is not exactly sexy, the price is not for the faint of heart. Other than that, I find myself shooting 70% of the time with the Summilux, the rest with the native 55mm Zeiss. It passes the test of pixel-peeping a 36MP picture shot wide open, while delivering a creamy bokeh and faithful color rendition.
          The size with adapter is similar to the Zeiss 55mm, and considerably smaller than the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm Asph f/1.2, the only viable alternative.
          Bottom line, if price is not an issue, the Summilux is the best 35mm option out there.

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          (3 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect all around lens

          By Jim

          from Texas

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Traveling

            Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

            I use this lens for travel. Extremely clear, but the minimum focus distance is more than two feet. That hurts it for landscapes. I guess when you pay the price for this lens, you expect it to be perfect, which it is not.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Gold Standard

            By JB in Atl

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Landscape Photography
              • Traveling

              Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

              I doubt I'm adding much new here, but the 35 Lux is really the gold standard for the 35mm focal length. I love 50mm! I shoot it a lot! But the 35 Lux is just so useful in almost any situation. There is a reason why the 35 focal length is the most common focal length on point and shoots. The versatility is tremendous. This lens is fast, renders color and contrast like nothing else and is an all around great investment. I was pleasantly surprised by this lens and can't recommend it enough!

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              5.0

              Best of the Best!

              By Pickey

              from North Dakota

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Landscape Photography
                • Traveling

                Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

                Only Leica could make this lens. If there is a better lens Leica make it!

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I'm hooked!

                By Cnell

                from Charleston, SC

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

                  This lens renders beautifully, I am so happy to be able to own such a lens. The bokeh is really nice, not as sterile and I thought. A great lens for night shots as well.

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                  (5 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Not that sharp at 1.4

                  By Jedi

                  from Seattle

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use

                      Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

                      At 1.4 the images are soft (not sharp). I would expect to have sharp images for the price. I am not sure why I paid $1955 more (vs the Summicron 35 2.0) for 1 stop faster, a blurry image and a slightly larger lens. Otherwise, the images at 2.0 and up are very sharp. The hood is very solid and clicks in to place nicely. The lens with the hood does not obscure my view very much (or it does not bother me at least).

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                      (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      really amazing

                      By yu

                      from harrison, nj

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

                        you can not image how wonderful the lens is, it must be the best one in 35mm lenses

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                        (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Amazing Glass!

                        By M

                        from Aliso Viejo, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

                          Amazing results wide open to stopped down.

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                          (2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          great product and great service

                          By Vlad

                          from St.Louis MO

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • no
                          • No cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

                          Excellent equality

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                          (1 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          best 35 mm lens

                          By mc

                          from new jersey

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

                            finally I got it!!
                            It has great picture quality as I expected.

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                            5.0

                            worth the wait

                            By klinerm

                            from Charleston, SC

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

                              It took me almost a year to obtain one of these lenses. It has not disappointed me. I find the 50 Summilux and the 75 Summicron to be the best Leica portrait lenses, and they are a joy to use. The 90 Summicron is at least equally good optically, but is significantly harder to focus. I think this 35 is the closest you are going to get to the image quality of the 50 Summilux, if you want a slightly wider focal length. The bokeh isn't quite as "surreal" as the 50 and 75 can produce, but it's still wonderful. The newly-designed shade is great, unlike the shade that comes with the 28 Cron, which I often don't use because it's so large. This lens actually stays on my M9 more than any other lens now.

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                              (15 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              10 out of 10

                              By FG

                              from NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

                                Stellar 35mm lens, if you get a good copy. My first copy had a sloppy loose aperture ring and made a strange clicking sound between apertures F/11-F/16 with one of the 9 iris blades flaring upwards simultaneously. So, I returned it and waited to buy another one. The second copy is pretty close to perfect. Very sharp at F/1.4 when focused properly with an M9. This lens kind of reminds me of the 50mm Summilux Asph, only its a 35mm lens. Very modern sharpness with ultra-smooth bokeh, along with a 9 bladed Aperture as well. I did own the older version which did have focus shift between apertures F/2-F/4. It was tack sharp at F/1.4 too, but was harder to nail focus on the digital M9. This is where the close focus elements of this new version come in. If you shoot digital, I feel the upgrade is worth it. But for film, I would stick with the older 35mm Summilux Asph and save money. As for flare control, my older version 35mm lux was horrible under certain conditions. This new version seems much better at flare control.

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                                (21 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                This is the must have lens for an M

                                By Josh G.

                                from Harrisonburg, VA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Expensive

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Street photography
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

                                This is simply the best lens I have ever used. Its razor sharp, built incredibly well, and has a simply incredible look when paired with a Leica M9 or film Leica. I bought the 50 Summilux ASPH as well, but I find that the 35 stays on my camera 90 percent of the time. Its the perfect length for a rangefinder system. While expensive, I have found this lens to be well worth the wait and the money invested.

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                                5.0

                                an obligatory lens for M9

                                By carlo

                                from florence italy

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Great Picture Quality
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

                                  No focus shift in closer range. Stunning color, tridimensionality and razor sharpness. A pure leica lens. fantastic.

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                                  (3 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Excellent lens

                                  By hakob

                                  from Yerevan, Republic of Armenia

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Pros

                                  • Great Picture Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens (Black):

                                      Exceptional optical qualities: sharpness, bokeh, exceptional gradations and the clarity of the image etc..though, the vignetting and distortions could have been corrected better.. While mechanically this lens has week points: aperture mechanism /both the preciseness and reliability/ as well as the focusing mechanism that becomes loose within time. I had to disassamble and reassamble it several times to adjast and re-adjast both. If this problems are fixed in the latest version of the lens then the lens is a gem. Also, this lens is material, i mean you won't find plastic in any single detail of it!!! I love this lens. You should have one to understand how good /optically/ it is! The lens cups is problem for all Leica lenses - another problem..

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