Leica 35mm f/2.0 Summicron-M Lens

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Outstanding Imaging Performance Along the Entire Focusing Range

Leica 35mm / f2.0 Summicron-M Aspherical Manual Focus LensThe 35mm f/2 Summicron-M lens features an all new design employing aspheric lens facing technology on this Leica 35mm M lens which has been popular for a long time. There's exceptional sharpness and contrast depiction plus high resolving power which are the results of this new rendition. This lens produces outstanding imaging performance along the complete focusing range. The versatility and all-over performance makes for a first class fast lens in the wide-angle arena. When embedded with this 35mm f/2 Summicron lens, a Leica M turns into an elegant compact digital camera. it's also manufactured in a chrome silver plated edition.

Leica lens new updated "6-bit" coding

This Leica lens features the new updated "6-bit" coding, that allows the M digital camera to optically read this information and then identify the lens being mounted. Optionally the M camera can then apply a software based "last stage" vignetting adjustment (for images captured in RAW, the lens mounted is simply recorded, with no changes made). Apr 20, 2011 Read more. May 10, 2011

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Features

Includes "6-bit code" which allows the digital M8 camera to identify which lens is being used, and also to store this information in image metadata

High quality, fast, compact and lightweight

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Specifications
Overview
Lens stylePrime lens
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length35 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Leica M  
Angle of view 64 Degrees  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F2.0  
Smallest aperture opening F16.0  
Includes aperture ring Yes  
Total diaphragm blades 8  
Aperture annotations with clickstops (including half values), manual diaphragm  
Optical
Total Elements 7  
Number of Groups 5  
Coatings / special elements 1 aspherical element  
Focusing
Minimum focus distance 0.70 m (27.56")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.057 x  
Autofocus type No  
Full time manual focus Unknown  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical features
Overall weight255 g (0.56 lb)  
Lens diameter 53 mm (2.09")  
Overall length 35 mm (1.36")  
Construction materials metal barrel, metal mount  
class="label">Lens Colorblack anodized or silver chrome finish  
Filter thread size 39 mm  
Lens hood included Yes  
Tripod collar included No  
Notes silver chrome version weighs 340g

Accessories

M Mount AdaptersLeica Four Thirds Adapter
The Leica M mount was introduced in 1954 at the same time as the Leica M3. It's been the mount of choice on every Leica M series thru the present day Leica M7 film camera and Leica M9 digital camera and Lenses.

The M Mount was also the mount used for Minolta's CLE rangefinder, on the Konica Hexar RF, on the later versions of the Voigtlander Bessa family and Lenses, the mount for the Rollei 35RF, also quite recently on the newest Zeiss Ikon Rangefinder and Lenses..

Benefits of Lens adapters is versatility, and saving money with the continued use of the preferred lenses you already own.

Drawbacks of lens adapters is the inconvenience, no electronic connection between the adapted lens and your camera body A couple of factors are necessary for a lens adapter to work properly. First, the camera body "lens registration" space or the expanse between the mount of the lens to the sensor or film surface. Two, the "throat size" of the mount or the mount diameter. An adapter flanked by the body of the camera and a lens from different brands, this registration distance of the adapted lens must be larger than the registration distance on the body; plus the lenses throat-size must be less than the throat size on the body mount. M lenses can be adapted to Canon EOS, Nikon, Micro Four Thirds, and Sony Nex Cameras.

Reviews
Can it get any better?, August 9, 2009

By kkrome25 "kkrome25" (California, USA)s

It's a little bigger than the previous version, but it's still as amazing as ever. The 35mm Summicron is a lens you never get tired of. This is the one lens you can live with if you could only have one. To me, it is the "normal" lens for all 35mm rangefinders. How good is it? I think all the other reviews have said it all.

The only thing that flops with buying this lens is the square lens hood. It won't click into place. I mean, it will fit, but the four retractable tabs won't reach the groove that they're supposed to go into. So if you pull on the lens hood, it will just slide right off. The lens hood supplied with this 35mm Summicron is the same lens hood for the 28mm Elmarit. And this same lens hood will fit perfectly on the 4th version 35mm Summicron; but not this current version. I know, we're not buying a lens hood, we're buying the lens. So when you shop for a filter, pick up a lens hood while you're at it.

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