After dropping its M10-P “Ghost Edition” with HODINKEE, Leica, has returned with a new lens — the Summilux-M 90 mm F/1.5 ASPH lens. Its wide aperture and telephoto focal length have been engineered to improve portrait taking, with a minimum focus distance that helps capture extra-fine details.
The lens has eight elements, some of which are packed with parts that are aspherical and made from specialized glass, and they’ve all been arranged into six groups. One noteworthy feature is a floating lens element, engineered so that “superior optical performance” is maintained across all focal ranges, even covering a close-focus distance of one meter. This ensures that bokeh effects will be mostly smooth, while other qualities like shallow depth-of-field, minimized distortion and improved low-light performance have been enhanced.
As a finishing touch, the integrated lens hood has been given a design that can extend and lock immediately, offering protection from various light sources and reflections. Those with M-Mount cameras or SL- and L-Mount bodies will be glad to know that they will also be able to use the lens as it’s compatible with an M-Adapter L.
The Leica Summilux-M 90 mm F/1.5 ASPH Lens is currently available at Leica’s physical retail locations for $12,995 USD.