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Leica D SUMMILUX 25mm ASPH lens

Dennis Hissink
Photokina report
Monday 2nd, October 2006
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

During our meeting with mister Suguru Takamatsu, Coordi-nator Marketing Team Overseas Sales & Marketing Group and Ichiro Kitao, Product Planning Manager, from Panasonic we had a little hands-on with the new Leica D SUMMILUX 25mm f1.4 ASPH lens. The new Leica lens incorporates a large total large total of 10 lens elements in 9 groups, including a large-diameter aspherical lens. The bright standard f/1.4 lens provides a superb high-quality optical performance. The large diameter front lens ensures sufficient peripheral light levels, and a large-diameter front aspherical lens reduces light degradation all the way to the lens periphery. The result is high resolution and absolutely minimum lens distortion.

Leica D SUMMILUX 25mm lens

Leica D SUMMILUX 25mm lens
According to Suguru Takamatsu the new Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens will be available next year, around April 2007. This lens matches the quality Panasonic are looking for and combining this lens with the Panasonic L1 will result into a powerful high-quality combination. Handy is the aperture ring and the focus ring on the Leica D SUMMILUX 25mm f1.4 ASPH lens. By incorporating these rings we provide the same kind of intuitive operation as with the traditional film camera.

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Leica 25mm f/1.4 ASPH lens
When holding this lens, it weighs around 525 g, you immediate feel the quality of the material and you experience the professional look and feel of such a high-quality lens. The seven aperture blades of the lens create a rounded shape. This combines with the f/1.4 brightness to produce a beautiful smoothness in out-of-focus areas at larger aperture. The D SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 ASPH lens incorporates multi-coated lenses that reduce ghosts and flare to an absolute minimum, helping the Leica lens deliver an optical performance that meets the high-quality Leica standards.

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