Leica Expands SL System with 5 Upcoming Lenses + Handgrip


Leica has come to Photokina this year with a lot of promises for its young SL system, including five lenses and an advanced handgrip. These lenses will expand the full-frame lens system dramatically throughout 2017, the expected release window, and will include the previously mentioned Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH., as well as an APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH., APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH., Summicron-SL 35mm f/2 ASPH., and Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH.

This set of new lenses adds four spectacular primes to the SL series, and will even function on T-series cameras since they both use Leica’s L bayonet mount. These relatively compact optics offer outstanding resolution, vibrant color, and edge-to-edge sharpness. The zoom adds a wide-angle option to the series and completes the existing range of Vario lenses, expanding the total range of coverage to an impressive 16-280mm spectrum.

The new handgrip provides photographers with improved ergonomics during vertical shooting and includes a shutter release button, two control dials, and a joystick controller. The handgrip even has room for a second camera battery, for double the operating time.


  • Would like lenses for sports photographers in the range of 400mm and over for the Leica SL
  • What about lenses in range 400 mm and over for sports Photographers

Hi Michael,

There isn't anything on the roadmap yet, but they do currently have the 90-280mm zoom to help satisfy the gap. You could also adapt many DSLR lenses to the L mount.