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Leica Summilux-M 28mm F/1.4 Asph Lens
leica20150615ba.jpgA new milestone in the world of high-speed wide-angle lenses

With the Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH., Leica Camera expands the lens portfolio of the Leica M-System with a new high-speed wide-angle lens. This is the first Leica M lens ever to combine an initial aperture of f/1.4 with the popular 28 mm standard focal length. This makes it ideal not only for photojournalism, but also for architecture and landscapes and in all lighting situations. The fast initial aperture in this class of focal lengths enables unparalleled imaging effects. Thanks to its extreme sharpness in the plane of focus and very shallow depth of field, subjects can be isolated from their surroundings with crystal clarity to create images with an unmistakeable visual signature.

The Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. offers exceptional imaging performance over the entire focusing range, outstanding contrast rendition in even the finest structures, and excellent reproduction of details across the whole image field. The optical system features a floating element to guarantee constantly high imaging performance at close focusing distances. The lens group behind the diaphragm is designed as a floating element that changes its position relative to the front group during focusing. Three cemented elements and seven lenses with anomalous partial dispersions guarantee the extremely effective colour correction of the lens. Contrast gradation is uniform and consistent from infinity to the minimum focusing distance and is maintained with almost no loss of performance across the entire image field.

The optical construction of the Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. features ten lenses, one of which is aspherical with curvature that deviates from the typical spherical form and contributes significantly to the very compact size of the lens. All this plus its low weight of only 440 grams make this lens an ideal choice for a light travelling outfit or reportage assignments.

As is the case for all other Leica lenses, the Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. was designed and developed by Leica optical specialists in Wetzlar and represents the perfect combination of optical and technical expertise. As a particularly reliable product ‘made in Germany’ and with enduring value, the Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. is manufactured from only the best materials and is assembled in an elaborate process completely by hand. The combination of cutting-edge technologies and painstaking manufacturing procedures guarantees the consistently excellent quality of every single Leica lens.

The Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. is supplied complete with an all-metal lens hood. The hood not only protects the lens effectively against reduction of contrast by extraneous light but also against damage and the accumulation of dirt on the front lens element.

The black anodised Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. will be available from Leica Boutiques and authorised dealers June 2015. The Recommended Retail Price for the Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH is RRP $8000 inc GST
 

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Oskar Barnack's genius idea of creating the small format 35mm camera created a revolution in photography in 1925, paving the way for the birth of the Leica Legend. His diminutive, lightweight LEICA A offered a new, undreamed-of freedom in reportage and artistic photography. From that point to the present day, Leica has had a profound influence on our view of the world we live in.

What was started in 1914 with the Ur-Leica quickly turned into a lasting success. In 1932, around 90,000 cameras were already in use. By 1961, the number had increased to a million. Milestones in the development include the rangefinder cameras such as the legendary LEICA M3 in 1954 and the M6 in 1984. The R-System commenced in 1976 with the LEICA R3 - the first electronic Leica. In 1989, the first compact point-and-shoot model entered the market. 1998 also saw the launch of the first digital camera - the LEICA DIGILUX. Without exception, all developments are focused on the requirements of the user and are characterized by the highest quality, focus on essential functions, and comfortable user-friendly controls.

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