The new Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. for the Leica SL hits the market. The first SL prime lense is available for $5,295 (RRP).

The technical data of the Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.:

Lens Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.
Field angle (diagonal, horizontal, vertical) 47.9°/40.5°/27.7°
Optical design
Number of lenses/groups 11/9
Number of aspherical lenses 2
Entrance pupil position 76.8 mm
Working range 0.6 m to infinity
Distance setting
Smallest object field 241×362mm
Largest reproduction ratio 1:10
Aperture
Setting/function Electronically controlled aperture, set using turn/push wheel on camera, including half values
Aperture setting range 1.4.22
Lowest value 22
Bayonet/sensor format Leica L bayonet, full-frame 35 mm format
Filter mount E82
Dimensions and weight
Length to bayonet mount 124 mm
Largest diameter 88 mm
Weight 1.065 g

Official Leica press release:

Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens – available today

Available from today, the Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. is the first prime lens for the Leica SL-System and sets a new standard in its class. Its large maximum aperture makes this high-performance lens ideal for photography in challenging lighting conditions, and enables the use of shallow depth of focus as a creative tool. Furthermore, the fast, precise and reliable autofocusing ensures that photographers can concentrate fully on composition and creativity. The lens’ combination of resolving power and soft bokeh in unsharp areas clearly isolates subjects from their background, particularly when shooting at maximum aperture.

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  1. I have been using this lens for the last 2 months. Its been a love and hate experience.

    Apart from the APO 50mm, this is probably the best normal lens Leica ever produced. However its auto focus is a crime!! It reminds me using the world’s first autofocus camera that I had used when I was a student in 1986 — Canon T80.

    Its a crime of Leica management. The best glasses to be combined with autofocus technology of 40 years ago. I urge Leica to recall this lens for new autofocus system. If not so, I urge Leica to announce Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 Mark II immediately, and offer V1 users a free upgrade. If not so, I urge Leica to announce Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 Mark II immediately, and offer V1 users an upgrade option. If not so, I urge Leica to announce Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 Mark II immediately, and I will buy it and sell the older one.

    This is more than a shame but a crime.

    I love Leica and HATE the autofocus of Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4!!

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