The Summilux-M 1.4/35mm ASPHERICAL was presented by Leica in 1991 and at the time of its presentation it was pointed out that the production quantity was limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide.
The lens is considered the reference for a fast 35mm wide-angle lens for 35mm photography and the optical design is correspondingly complex. What made the Summilux 35mm ASPHERICAL stand out from all previous lenses was the use of two hand-ground aspherical lenses that made the excellent imaging performance of this system possible.
However, since these aspherical lenses were so complex and difficult to manufacture, Leica had to reduce the planned production volume from 2,000 to around 1,000 units! How many Summilux 35mm ASPHERICALs were actually made can not be said exactly.
The demand was so large that Leica has been working on a solution to be able to produce the lens in larger quantities. In 1994, for the first time, it was possible to produce an aspherical lens by a new manufacturing process, so-called “blank pressing”. This made it possible to produce a larger number of lenses and Leica introduced the Summilux-M 1.4/35mm ASPH. as a successor.
This lens was only provided with a pressed aspherical lens and could thus be produced more economically and in larger quantities to meet the strong demand.
According to some users and collectors, the Summilux-M 1.4/35mm ASPHERICAL has a slightly higher image quality and an even finer nuance in the color reproduction compared to its subsequent model. Anyone who has ever photographed with the Summilux ASPHERICAL will not want another 35mm lens!
Total production: scheduled 2.000 units, it is assumed that only approx. 1.000 units were build!
Rarity forecast: R8