Finally Leica has officially introduced the Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH for the Leica S system. The portrait focal length will be available for $8,590 (6,500 Euros) at authorized Leica dealers from September 2014.

Classic Portrait Lens with a Wide Range of Usage

2014-08-26_summicron_s_50_01The angle of view of the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH. corresponds to that of a classic 80 mm lens in 35 mm format. It should be suitable for portrait, beauty and nature photography and is optimized for skin tones.

With a maximum aperture of f/2, it is perfectly suited for available light shots and shows excellent image quality at the closest focusing distance, according to Leica. The construction contains 7 elements in 5 groups, including a double-sided aspherical element and three lenses with anomalous partial dispersion.

The Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 is sealed and protected against water and dust.

Firmware Updates for Leica S/S2/S2-P

Leica will also provide new firmware updates for the Leica S (FW 2.4.0.0.) and S2 / S2-P (FW 1.4.0.0.) with some improvements. With it the cameras also can support the Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH. and ensure optimum functional compatibility.

The update will be available on September 16th, 2014 and can be downloaded on the Leica Homepage.

Technical Data of Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 Asph

Product Name Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 Asph
Compatible cameras All Leica S-Models
Angle of view
(diagonal, horizontal, vertical)
Approx. 29°, 24.7°, 16.4, equivalent to a focal length of approx. 80 mm in 35 mm format
Optical design   
Number of lenses/groups 7 / 5
Aspherical surfaces 2
Position of entrance pupil
(at infinity/closest focusing distance)
13 mm/38 mm (in light impingement direction in front of the bayonet flange)
Focusing range
Working range 0.7 m to ∞
Scales Combined metre/feet graduation
Smallest object field/
Largest reproduction ratio:
Approx. 144 × 217 mm/1:5
Aperture
Settings/function Electronically controlled aperture settings
Smallest aperture value 22
Lens mount Leica S quick-change bayonet with contact strip for Leica S-Models
Filter mount Outer bayonet mount for lens hood (included),
threaded mount for E82 filters, non-rotating filter mount
Dimensions and weight
Length to bayonet flange Approx. 102/146 mm (with/without lens hood)
Largest diameter Approx. 91/104 mm (with/without lens hood)
Weight Approx. 910/965 g (with/without lens hood)

Product Pictures and Official Press Release

Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH. fast portrait lens

With the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH., Leica Camera AG, Solms, presents a new and particularly compact portrait telephoto lens for the Leica S-System. It is the fastest lens so far in the Leica S medium-format system and offers superior imaging performance at all apertures and distance settings. What’s more, a firmware update is also offered together with the new lens to ensure optimum functionality of the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH. on Leica S, S2 and S2-P cameras.

The angle of view of the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH. corresponds to that of a classic 80 mm lens in 35 mm format. A very fast initial aperture of f/2 makes it ideal for available light photography and the conscious use of selective planes of focus and, with its true-to-life perspective, delivers perfect imaging results in countless applications ranging from landscape photography to beauty work. Particularly when shooting portraits, its brilliant colour rendition guarantees optimised skin tones and ensures images with extreme depth.

Before the official launch of the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH., the first 100 lenses will be available as special editions together with a Leica S-Camera in limited-edition sets. The camera and lens in each of these Leica S Summicron 100 Edition sets feature special rubber armouring in Graphite Grey, are specially engraved and have serial numbers. The limited-edition Leica S Summicron 100 Edition will be available from August 2014.

First and foremost in the development of all Leica S-Lenses is the consistent dedication to creating tools to fulfil the stringent demands that professional photographers place on a camera system in their everyday work. Even wide open, the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH. fulfils these demands and offers maximum contrast rendition, phenomenal resolution and extremely low distortion throughout its entire focusing range. A further highlight of this lens that must be emphasised is its excellent control of flare to ensure high-contrast images, even when shooting a backlit subject.

This is a consequence of its extremely elaborate optical design and construction. Here, a total of seven lens elements in five groups are employed to achieve its exceptional optical performance. Of these, three elements are made from glass with anomalous partial dispersion and one further element from a special kind of glass with a high refractive index and particularly low dispersion for the correction of chromatic aberrations. A double aspherical is used for the minimisation of monochromatic aberrations and, amongst other things, also enables the excellent correction of distortion. As a floating element, the rearmost cemented element ensures exceptional contrast in the details at all distance settings.

As is the case with all products of the Leica S-System, the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH. is characterised by a rugged and enduring design that guarantees years of dependability, even if subjected to frequent use. The lens features an extremely robust bayonet mount and is fully sealed against dust, moisture and splashes. This ensures absolute dependability even under the harshest shooting conditions.

With the launch of the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH., the lens portfolio for the Leica S medium-format system now includes more than 30 professional-quality lenses for use on Leica S, S2 and S2-P bodies. These include a total of ten Leica S-Lenses from 24 to 180 mm (six of which are also available as alternative options with a central shutter) that guarantee uncompromising imaging quality in almost all areas of photography. Furthermore, dedicated adapters permit the use of numerous third-party lenses: the Leica S-Adapter C allows the use of Contax 645 lenses and the Leica S-Adapter H offers full compatibility with a further eleven Hasselblad H System central shutter lenses with focal lengths between 28 and 300 mm.

The standard model of the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH. will be available from authorised Leica dealers from September 2014. The lens is supplied complete with a lens hood specially optimised for the ray paths of light entering the optical system.

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