Only two weeks after introducing the exceptional mirrorless Leica M-P Digital camera, which does not feature the famous symbol, the red dot, the German manufacturer Leica advanced in the field of lenses as well - a new portrait lens Leica Summicron-S 100mm f/2 ASPH has been announced, featuring the maximum aperture of f/2, and it is aimed at the professional S system of the company. When combined with a 30x45mm Leica Pro Format sensor, this new lens provides a diagonal angle of view of 29 degrees. It uses seven elements in five groups, including two aspherical and three glass ones with anomalous partial dispersion, which means that it exhibits apochromatic corrections, even though the label APO is not included in the name.
As far as the aperture is concerned, it is f/2-22, whereas the focal length ranges from 0.7m to infinity. It is pretty large, with the dimensions of 102 x 91 mm without a lens hood, while it weighs 910g.
The Leica Summicron-S 100mm f/2 ASPH lens is available only in the limited edition for now, packaged with a Leica S camera. Both the lens and the camera display a mark that indicates that a particular specimen belongs to the limited edition, which comprises only 100 specimens. This lens will find its proper place on the world market this September, with the retail price of the absolutely stunning $7995.
The news was taken from LEICA.