Leica announces limited black Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 lens

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Leica is set to release a limited production run of its M-Summilux 35mm F1.4 with an anodised black coating on its aluminum shell and a special serial number. 

Based on the first edition from the 1961, the Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 is usually silver, but will now come in a black anodised finish, featuring its recognisable silver stainless steel front ring, commonly referred to as the “Steel Rim”.

Image: Leica
Image: Leica

The o.g Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 earned the title of “True King of Bokeh”, according to Leica at least, and the company says the new updated version maintains the same characteristics.

Leica says that in order to come as close as possible to the original, the engravings on the special edition’s focus ring have been 'adjusted'. The arrangement of the feet and metre scale is also modelled on the original in terms of colour and has been swapped in comparison to the silver series lens.

Image: Leica
Image: Leica

The total number of limited edition lenses is expected to be around 200, mirroring how many copies of the original 60s era lens were sold. 

And the price? Well, prepare yourself: the black anodised Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 with an engraved special serial number will be available from Leica Stores in Australia in strictly limited quantities for $16,990. 

You can find out more about the lens here. 

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