Leica’s New Lenses for The SL System Target Portrait Photographers

There’s the brand new APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f2 ASPH. and the APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f2 ASPH.

If you have any major doubts about the Leica SL camera system, you should perhaps reconsider. Not only does it have a great sensor at the heart, but it also is built like an absolute tank of a camera. Is it expensive? Yes. But you’ll be getting a number of very nice lenses such as the newly announced Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f2 ASPH. and the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f2 ASPH. These lenses are targeted at the portrait photographer and at photographers who want technical masterpieces from their glass.

In the press release, Leica talks about how much engineering went into these lenses to make them really lightweight and to also ensure chromatic aberration and color fringing do not happen. There isn’t very much said about weather sealing, but Leica’s lenses for the SL system tend to do this, to the best of my knowledge.

 In terms of pricing, the APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH. will be $4,750.00, and the APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH. $5,150.00. Those are some pretty pricey options in my opinion. But if you had to go into the arctic or extreme places and needed the most reliable gear you could possibly get, then this is it.

Technical data:

Lens APO-Summicron-SL 75 mm f/2 ASPH. APO-Summicron-SL 90 mm f/2 ASPH.
 
Angle of view

(diagonal, horizontal, vertical)

31.8°/26.7°/18.0° 27.3 / 22.9 / 15.4 °
 
Optical design
Number of elements/groups 11/9 11/9
Number of asphericals 1 1
Position of entrance pupil in front of the bayonet flange 35.4 mm 22.9 mm
Focusing
Working range 0.5 m to infinity 0.6 m to infinity
Smallest object field 120 × 180 mm 120 × 180 mm
Largest reproduction ratio 1:5 1:5
Aperture
Settings/functions Electronically controlled iris, setting with the camera clickwheel control, half-stop settings possible Electronically controlled iris, setting with the camera clickwheel control, half-stop settings possible
Aperture setting range 2 – 22 2 – 22
Smallest aperture 22 22
Bayonet/sensor format Leica L-bayonet, full-frame 35 mm format Leica L-bayonet, full-frame 35 mm format
 
Filter thread E67 E67
 
Dimensions and weight
Length to bayonet flange 102 mm 102 mm
Largest diameter 73 mm 73 mm
Weight 720 g 700 g