Leica APO-Summicron-M 90mm f/2 ASPH. Lens

Leica APO-Summicron-M 90mm f/2 ASPH. Lens

Leica APO-Summicron-M 90mm f/2 ASPH. Lens

B&H # LE9020MB MFR # 11884

Product Highlights

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/16
  • Apochromatic Design
  • One Aspherical Element
  • High Refractive Index Glass
  • Anomalous Partial Dispersion Glass
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 3.3'
  • Filter Thread: 55mm
  • Built-In Extendable Lens Hood
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Characterized by its apochromatic designation, the APO-Summicron-M 90mm f/2 ASPH. from Leica is a fast short telephoto lens designed for M-mount rangefinder cameras. As an apochromat, this lens utilizes a pair of anomalous partial dispersion glass elements to virtually eliminate color fringing and chromatic aberrations for notable clarity and color accuracy. One aspherical element and two high refractive index glass elements are also used to control spherical aberrations and distortion, as well as to maintain a high degree of sharpness. Its manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 3.3' away and its compact design also incorporates a built-in extendable lens hood to shield the front element.

Apochromatic design employs two anomalous partial dispersion glass elements to virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color accuracy throughout the aperture range.
In addition to the apochromatic designation, this lens also uses one aspherical element and two high refractive index elements to significantly reduce distortion and spherical aberrations while also increasing overall sharpness and edge-to-edge illumination.
Bright f/2 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also affords greater control over depth of field.
Manual focus design provides a minimum focusing distance of 3.3' with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:9.
Built-in extendable lens hood shades and protects the front element to reduce lens flare and ghosting. Additionally, the front of the lens is threaded to accept 55mm screw-in filters.
UPC: 022243118847
In the Box
Leica APO-Summicron-M 90mm f/2 ASPH. Lens
  • E55 Snap-OnLens Cap for R and M Series Lenses
  • Rear Lens Cap for M-Mount Lenses
  • Leather Case
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Focal Length 90.9mm
    Aperture f/2 to f/16
    Camera Mount Type Leica M
    Angle of View 27°
    Minimum Focus Distance 3.3' / 1 m
    Reproduction Ratio 1:9
    Optical Design 5 elements in 5 groups
    Diaphragm Blades Not specified by manufacturer
    Focus Manual
    Filter Thread 55 mm
    Dimensions 2.5 x 3.1" / 64 x 78 mm
    Weight 1.1 lb / 500 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.9 x 4.7 x 4.7"
    APO-Summicron-M 90mm f/2 ASPH. Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completes My Leica Lens arsenal! I purchased this lens two weeks ago. Last year I began shooting a M240. The lens is superb, well made and lives up to the reputation. Though I haven't used it in any working situations, I shoot documentary work for NGO's, I have played with the lens sufficiently to learn how to focus, which requires visual acuity and a gentle touch. the glass is amazing and build quality is nothing less than I would expect from Leica. I have a pair of Canon !Ds Mk3's, I use the 85 1.2 for portraits, and a Contax 645 with the 80 f2, both lens are some of the greatest glass for photography. The Summicron rates with the greatest!
    Date published: 2016-06-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded expectation I happened to have both the APO Summicron f2 90mm and 50 mm. I know the strong reviews for the APO 50 mm but in side by side comparisons, the APO 90 mm surprised me with similar resolution, color saturation, contrast, and greater Intimacy because of its closer range. From this experience I don't think of the 90 mm as strictly a portrait lens anymore. My older Leica 90 mm Summicron did not give me this versatility. I feel this APO 90 added a lot to the Leica lens lineup. I'm surprised it received relatively little attention.
    Date published: 2016-09-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leica 90 in Havana I finally returned to Havana to conduct a workshop for a few aspiring professional photographers. I took the 90 Summicron along to see how I managed my Leica set-up and the weight the system management I'll have when I'm working. I took a few portraits with the 90 and I liked the very much, since lately I seem to be focusing on head-shots. The lens was a dream to use, and not too much of a weight burden. Overall, the lens is truly great! Though most who are used to auto focus will complain about some difficulty focusing this lens, but that is the Leica experience, to return to when the photographers' skills are more important that the equipment. For me, the craft of being a professional photographer is making my idea of the image paramount in the experience of shooting.
    Date published: 2016-11-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Jewel in my collection This is an amazing lens and I'm surprised so little is written of it. It has a beautiful glow when opened up along with sharpness. It's a lifetime lens worth owning and keeping like a family heirloom. I love it on my M5 and M9. It' is not heavy by SLR standards. By rangefinder standards it is on the heavier side but light enough to have on my travel kit and the longer reach is great while traveling and the sharp rendition makes it easy to crop when necessary.
    Date published: 2012-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb I use this lens not only for portraits, but for pretty much everything. I use it on my M7 and M9 and have had it for some time now (i.e., my lens does not have the 6-Bit coding). Could not be happier with the photographs taken with this lens. Love the feel of it on the camera and the ease of use. Silky smooth in use. Built-in lens cap is a real plus.
    Date published: 2010-12-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from lives up to reputation I wanted to use this lens for portraiture with very shallow depth of field. After shooting some film and digital pictures with it, I'm also looking for other subjects that will be appropriate for this lens. I like it so much. It's tack sharp when you nail the focus at widest aperture. Only possible negative, and this isn't one IMHO, it is hard to get focus wide open as there's no margin for error.
    Date published: 2013-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from best medio-tele ever The best medio-tele ever. Full stop. I used it since years from the M6 to the M9, amazing colour balance and terrific bokeh, incredibly sharp even wide open. Ideal lens for weddings in natural light
    Date published: 2012-05-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful & functional Relative to Leica glass, this lens is a bargin. As a former Nikon shooter (>35 years)this is far superior to the 105mm f1.8 or the 400mm f2.8 or the Mamiya 250mm I previously used. I am blind as a bat and I can focus this lens without diaopter modification or magnification. Note: You will miss some images due to missing focus. This is a fair trade. The advantages over the DLSR & Lens size make this a big win for me, and the police don't interrupt me anymore. Mirrorless wunderkin will denote the heavier lens. If that is your biggest concern, keep taking portraits with the lens you own now. The results will be technically different, however, they're still great portraits. Leica has changed my definition of a portrait lens. This lens delivers the exscruciatingly small DOF you crave, while providing enough distance for lighting or personal space. The MTF for the 75mm isn't as good from an engineering perspective. I freely admit, it probably isn't measurable to the average user, however, I allowed MTF charts to enter my decision process. It may not matter with Leica, however, I found it to be a valuable indicator and important when using Nikkor or 3rd party glass. If you value a minimal depth of field, a tremendous value (cost vs performance) and having a bit of distance to work with - This will become one of, or perhaps your favorite lens of all time.
    Date published: 2014-06-11
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