When Leica announced the end of production of the Summilux-M 1.4/24mm ASPH. lens on May 10th 2020 it was the retirement of the first high-intensity super wide-angle lens in the Leica M series.
The lens, which was manufactured in approximately 3,500 to 5,500 copies from 2008 to 2020, is an absolute exceptional lens and the main area of application is in available-light and reportage photography.
Because of the very high purchase price and the large dimensions and weight that are not typical for the M-System, not many photographers chose the Summilux-M 1.4/24mm ASPH. and this is also reflected in the production figures.
Those who own the lens are full of praise for the optical performance and the very finely nuanced color rendering.
Together with the Leica Summilux-M 1.4/21 mm ASPH. the Summilux 24mm lens marked the start of a new direction in the development of lenses with very high initial openings for the Leica M system.
We are pretty sure that the Summilux-M 1.4/24mm ASPH. will develop a reputation comparable to that of the legendary Noctilux-M 1.0/50mm and the Summilux-M 1.4/75mm lenses and will enjoy not only greater demand from users but also from collectors in near future.
This unique super wide-angle lens with the very high initial opening definitely has the potential to become a classic!
Total production: at most 5.500 units plus 25 pieces pre-series
Rarity forecast: R7