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Leica Announces New Summilux-M 28mm F/1.4 ASPH

By Anthony Thurston on June 1st 2015

If you are a Leica fan, there is a new lens on the way, so start saving those pennies. It’s wide angle, it’s fast, and it will cost you a pretty penny; introducing the new Leica Summilux-M 28mm F/1.4 ASPH.

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The Summilux-M 28mm F/1.4 ASPH is Leica’s latest fast prime and features one aspherical and one floating element. The f/1.4 aperture assures this lens is a master of low light shooting and makes this a very versatile lens for everything from Portraiture, to Journalism and Landscapes.

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The 28mm focal length is sort of a conundrum for me personally, as it’s not quite that classic 35mm FOV, but not quite wide like a 24mm. That said, I have been growing more accustom to this focal length thanks to my Sony kit lens being 28mm on the wide side of things. I can see this being a really popular lens for environmental portraiture and similar projects where you need to be relatively wide, yet intimate.

The new lens rounds out Leica’s legendary set of fast primes and provides yet another piece of drool worthy glass for us common folk to gawk over. If you happen to have the scratch available to get your hands on this sexy piece of glass you can head on over to B&H now to get your pre-order in.

At only $5,950, the lens is a great deal for a fast Leica prime. There is no shipping/availability information yet, but knowing Leica, it shouldn’t be long before these start going out.

What are your thoughts on this new 28mm F/1.4 prime from Leica? Do you see yourself adding this lens to your kit (real or imaginary)? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think?

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Cliff Erich

    Just ordered this. The 50mm ‘Cron APO and a new type 246 Monochrom too. I love the files I’m pulling and converting to B&W with the D800E/D810/Otus combos I’m shooting, but they’re just too damn big to be as low profile as I’d like to be when I’m out and about. I’ll be keeping all my Nikon bodies and F mount glass for work, but when shooting for me, it’s going to be this.
    As an aside, I just turned forty. I’m officially declaring this my absurd mid life crisis expenditure…and that ’59 Les Paul I’ve always wanted.
    Now…How long can I keep her from finding out? ;)

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  2. Rui Pinto

    I read “At only $5,950” and looked at my bank account. Now I’m sad.

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  3. Peter Nord

    Sold my M3 and never looked back.

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  4. adam sanford

    I can’t speak to Leica products, but 28mm on FF in general is pretty money. I shoot 28mm on my 5D3 all the time — great for walkaround, street, candids, the random handheld landscape, etc.

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      There’s also the fact that Leica is currently the only option for a 28mm f/1.4 unless you want a used Nikon. If you can find one.

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  5. J. Dennis Thomas

    That’s gonna be my next lens. I like the Summicron because it’s, but a little but extra on the shallow depth of field will be great for environmental portraits and I suspect the OoF area rendering might be smoother.

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  6. Paddy McDougall

    Out of my league price wise.

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  7. J. Dennis Thomas

    It’s a damn sight cheaper than the Noctilux at $10.5K and a good amount less than the 24mm Lux at $7.5K.

    Not to mention a used 10 year old Nikon 28mm f/1.4D is gonna run you about $3.5K.

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  8. Graham Curran

    I’ll start saving now to get it in the next life.

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