Leica announces Summicron-SL 50mm F2 lens

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Leica has announced the APO-Summicron-SL 50mm F2 lens, a cheaper alternative to the German-company's Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens.

The new 50mm f2 has twelve elements; three of which have aspherical surfaces for correcting optical aberrations – arranged in 10 groups. The autofocus employs DSD (Dual Syncro Drive), which helps the entire focus range of the lens – from close-up to infinity – travel in 'just about' 250 milliseconds. The minimum focus distance is 0.35m, with a 0.2x maximum magnification.

The lens is sealed against dust and moisture, and an 'Aquadura' coating prevents water from collecting on the front element.

The APO-Summicron-SL 50mm F2 lens is available now for $6,800 from Leica.

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