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August 3rd, 2007      Leica Camera Reviews   Leica Lens Reviews   

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INTRODUCTION

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Leica announced a series of less expensive lenses, the Summarit-M, on 03 August 2007.

Leica is doing this to compete with less expensive lenses which also fit Leica cameras like the recent Cosina (Zeiss and Voigtländer brands) lenses, as well as Leica's biggest competitor: its own lenses from the past.

The Summarit-M lenses work on Leica M-series film and digital rangefinder cameras.

These became available at the end of November 2007.

SPECIFICATIONS

ALL FOUR HAVE:

Maximum Aperture: f/2.5.

Quality: Made in Germany.

Optics: Spherical (no asphericals).

Coding: 6 bit. (that means six spots on the mount read by the M8 and M8.2 to identify the lens.)

Style: Letters and numbers are engraved in the uglier old rounded “Leitz-Norm“ font from the 1960s.

Included Accessories: Metal front cap, lens hood cap (beats me what that is) and a velour pouch.

Extra-cost accessories: Metal lens hoods.

 

LEICA SUMMARIT-M 35mm f/2.5:

Optics: 6 elements in 4 groups.

Diaphragm: 9 blade manual.

Close Focus: 0.8m (2.6')

Filter Size: 39mm screw-in.

Size: 2.02" diameter by 1.34" long (51.3 x 34.0mm).

Weight: 7.76 oz (220g).

 

LEICA SUMMARIT-M 50mm f/2.5:

Optics: 6 elements in 4 groups.

Diaphragm: 9 blade manual.

Close Focus: 0.8m (2.6')

Filter Size: 39mm screw-in.

Size: 2.03" diameter by 1.34" long (51.6 x 33.0mm).

Weight: 8.11 oz (230g).

 

LEICA SUMMARIT-M 75mm f/2.5:

Optics: 6 elements in 4 groups.

Diaphragm: 11 blade manual.

Close Focus: 0.9m (3')

Filter Size: 46mm screw-in.

Size: 2.17" diameter by 2.38" long (55.1 x 60.4mm).

Weight: 12.17 oz (345 g).

 

LEICA SUMMARIT-M 90mm f/2.5:

Leica 90mm f/2.5

Optics: 5 elements in 4 groups.

Diaphragm: 11 blade manual.

Close Focus: 1m (3.3')

Filter Size: 46mm screw-in.

Size: 2.17" diameter by 2.62" long (55.1 x 66.6mm).

Weight: 12.70 oz (323 g).

 

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I prefer to buy used Leica lenses, which are better made than these new discount lenses. On the other hand, the optics of these new Summarit-M lenses are superb; it's just the price and mechanics which are inferior to used Leica lenses.

God bless Leica for still being here and trying to be the best at what they do. Today there are many bodies that use Leica's M mount (Zeiss, Rollei, Voigtländer, Konica Hexar, Minolta CLE etc), and many lens brands which fit all of these cameras.

The speeds and focal lengths of the Summarit-M lenses are boring, but ideal if the idea is to keep cost down and keep a real Leica lens on your camera.

 

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