Apparently responding to price pressure from the Zeiss/Cosina lenses for the Zeiss Ikon, Leica Camera AG has announced a new line of price-conscious, compact spherical lenses made in Solms. Known by the time-honored name of Summarit-M, all four of the initial lenses in the line—a 35mm, 50mm, 75mm, and 90mm—have a maximum opening of ƒ/2.5. (The four initial lenses don't share a common filter size.) For the alphanumeric engravings on these lenses, Leica has reverted to the older rounded font used by Leitz and by Leica prior to the '90s. Albano Garcia tells me the typeface is called DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung), that it's designed to be used in industrial German products and also in street and route signs, and also that it's trendy right now. Prices for the lenses are rumored to in the neighborhood of €1000 for the 50mm and €1250 for the others. Delivery is estimated for November.
Mike (Thanks to Albano, Matthew Allen, and Phule)