Leica Announces Return of the Summaron-M 28mm f5.6, Titanium Leica Q

Today Leica announced two new product offerings, the arguably more exciting of the two is the return of the Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 wide-angle lens. Additionally, there is an all-new Titanium color for the Lecia Q. The Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 expands the collection of lenses available for the Leica M rangefinder system and introduces a modern rendition of a classic Leica lens. While the new Titanium Gray finish available for the Leica Q offers an alternative color option for users wanting a camera that reflects their individual style.

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First introduced in 1955, the predecessor of the Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 was regarded for its unique quality and rendering characteristics. Leica claims the new model takes queues from its ancestor, bringing that unique analogue look into the age of digital photography. The new lens is made up of six elements in four groups, keeping the historical optical design of the older model. The outward apperance matches the more contemporary look of the current collection of Leica M-Lenses. Lastly, another of the key features is its small, understated design measuring only two centimeters.

Tech Specs

Angle of view

(diagonal, horizontal, vertical):        75°/65°/46°

Optical design

Number of lenses/groups:                6/4

Position of entrance pupil

(at infinity):                                       2.4 mm (behind the bayonet flange in the direction of impinging light )

Focusing

Working range:                                1 m to infinity

Scales:                                               Metric distance scale

Smallest object field/

Largest reproduction ratio:              801 x 1201 mm / 1:33.4

Aperture

Settings/function:                            Preselection with click stops

Smallest aperture:                            22

Lens mount:                                      Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6-bit bar coding for Leica M digital cameras

Filter mount:                                     Inner thread for E34 screw-mount filters, non-rotating

Lens hood:                                        Detachable (supplied with the lens)

Viewfinder:                                      Camera viewfinder

Finish:                                               Silver chrome

Dimensions and weight

Length to bayonet flange:               ≈ 18 mm

Largest diameter:                             ≈ 51 mm

Weight:                                             ≈ 165 g

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In addition to the Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6, Leica is now offering a Titanium Gray model of their Leica Q camera. In comparison to the black model, the Leica Q Titanium Gray has a few new unique features including feet scale and focal length number engraving on the lens (detailed in red), and a new carrying strap made from from the same strong material used in climbing ropes. The technical specs remain the same as the black model. Check out our review here to see what we thought of it.

Both products are available today at camera stores worldwide. Find out more by visiting Leica’s website here.