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New edition of the Leica Summilux-M 1.4/35mm ASPH.


Ken Abrahams

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Close Focusing model like the M 35 APO and sporting a round extractable Hood, 11 aperture blades 

Really good to see another new M Lens being released and with improvements too. I might be looking for a good second hand copy of the M 35 Summilux FLE instead so I am hoping this news improves my chances.

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I have the FLE currently; can't see any logical reason to upgrade but GAS can't be reasoned with 🤣

I've had some front focusing issues with the FLE, it's currently being adjusted. Should have it back in a few weeks. It's on notice ... any more headaches and it's at risk of replacement!

Interesting they're going with a round pull out hood this time. Will definitely make it more compact in storage. I really like the FLE hood though, it looks cool

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I have the FLE and am still pretty interested in this, I like my Summilux but often thought about getting the APO just to have close focus for the few times it could be useful. Haven't bought it yet because I already have two 35's and also it's impossible to find one in stock. Do think I prefer the FLE hood though, then again on the 50 lux I enjoy this type of hood as well so that's probably fine.

But my FLE is from April so it feels a bit too soon to think about replacing it unfortunately. Already had too much GAS this year

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I own the current Summilux 35mm and APO Summicron 35mm lenses. Both are great, but for different reasons.

The APO 35mm is almost permanently mounted to my M11 and M10-R before that. It's small, light and crazy sharp. I spend 3-1/2weeks on vacation in Europe and the APO 35mm never left my camera even though I had my APO Summicron 50mm in my bag. For my future travels, I will only bring the APO 35mm. Traveling light with one lens is actually liberating. I used my iPhone 13 Pro camera for ultra wide and tele shots.

That said, I'm not selling my Summilux 35mm as I do use it on occasion. I think the new Summilux is a great add to the M lens line up, but I don't have a need to buy one. However, If I could not afford the APO 35mm, the Summilux 35mm would be my most used lens as it was before I purchased the APO version.

Regards,
Bud James

Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.

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31 minutes ago, evikne said:

A little disappointing that there were no optical changes, but what was there to improve? Better close focusing, more aperture blades and built-in hood are certainly welcome improvements as well.

Chromatic aberration wide open was there to improve - the strong FLE purple/green fringing... Yes please.

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3 hours ago, budjames said:

I own the current Summilux 35mm and APO Summicron 35mm lenses. Both are great, but for different reasons.

The APO 35mm is almost permanently mounted to my M11 and M10-R before that. It's small, light and crazy sharp. I spend 3-1/2weeks on vacation in Europe and the APO 35mm never left my camera even though I had my APO Summicron 50mm in my bag. For my future travels, I will only bring the APO 35mm. Traveling light with one lens is actually liberating. I used my iPhone 13 Pro camera for ultra wide and tele shots.

That said, I'm not selling my Summilux 35mm as I do use it on occasion. I think the new Summilux is a great add to the M lens line up, but I don't have a need to buy one. However, If I could not afford the APO 35mm, the Summilux 35mm would be my most used lens as it was before I purchased the APO version.

Regards,
Bud James

Please check out my fine art and travel photography at www.budjames.photography.

Couldn't agree more. 

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Never got significant flare, focusing or fringing issues with the FLE and i don't need f/1.4 on closeups so i guess it is not a lens for me unless it is more compact than the FLE. Built-in hoods don't slim down lenses generally though so i don't hold my breath.

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All the combination possibilities with the thread protection ring and the removable hood of the FLE made me crazy:

  • no thread protection ring, no hood, no filter
  • thread protection ring, no hood, no filter
  • no thread protection ring, no hood, filter
  • no thread protection ring, hood, no filter
  • thread protection ring, filter, no hood … 🤪
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