Leica’s new APO-Summicron-SL 35mm f/2 ASPH. looks great… but can you afford it?

The new Leica 35mm f/2 lens doesn’t set the world on fire with its maximum aperture, but we can imagine temperatures being raised by its £3,900/$4,600 price tag. This latest lens announcement is just one of many timed to coincide with the CP+ 2019 trade show in Yokohama.

We should be used to this by now. Leica isn’t interested in how much things cost, or undercutting rivals in the dog-eat-dog camera jungle. It sticks to what it knows, making the best possible products for the most demanding photographers, whether they’re well-heeled amateurs or discerning professionals. 

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com