Leica Extends Summilux-M Series with 90mm f/1.5 Lens


Legendary optics have been Leica’s calling card with the M rangefinder system, and the latest releases have all been fast and relatively long. Leica seems to be continuing with this trend, this time by pushing the Summilux-M series up beyond the classic 50 to create the Summilux-M 90mm f/1.5 ASPH. Claimed to be “a new benchmark in portrait photography,” this lens should help photographers create stunning images with an incredibly shallow depth of field. While the current M10 is the expected camera for this release, the SL2 can make excellent use of it through the M-Adapter L.

Leica M10 with the Summilux-M 90mm f/1.5 ASPH. Lens
Leica M10 with the Summilux-M 90mm f/1.5 ASPH. Lens

The design of this lens is classic Leica, matching the look and feel of every other M-mount lens this maker offers. It also uses two aspherical elements made from specialized glass types to guarantee optical quality, while a floating lens element helps maintain performance throughout the focus range. Further assisting with bokeh is an 11-blade aperture diaphragm, for rounded edges when you do decide to stop down.

Sample Photos with the Leica Summilux-M Series with 90mm f/1.5 Lens Eolo Perfido

Is a faster 90mm exactly what you have been waiting for to put on your Leica camera? Or were you satisfied by the Noctilux-M 75mm? Or maybe even the distinct Thambar-M 90mm? Let us know your thoughts on Leica’s continually impressive lineup in the Comments section, below!