The company waxes near-poetic: With the goal of creating a lens that fully achieves the opportunities offered by high-resolution camera systems, Leica engineers have successfully redefined the limits of what is technically possible. The result is an extremely high-performance lens that sets entirely new standards and currently stands as an exceptional talent amongst the standard lenses of the Leica M portfolio.
Whew! But it doesn’t end there.
Leica says this new reference lens achieves the best test results ever seen in the Leica M-Lens program. All images captured with the lens, it says, in any photographic situation show extreme sharpness and resolution of details from corner to corner of the image.
Additionally, the apochromatic correction of the lens minimizes chromatic aberration on sharp edges to ensure natural rendition of every detail.
The new design of the lens is based on the optical design of its predecessor that has been on the market since 1979 and is the oldest lens represented in the Leica M portfolio.
The realization of the apochromatic correction of the lens involved the use of specially formulated glasses based on original developments from the former Leitz glass laboratory.
The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH in black finish will be available from late July.