Announced by Leica at Photokina is the new Summilux-SL 50mm ƒ/1.4 ASPH. lens for the beautiful full-frame SL mirrorless camera. Hey, you didn't think Leica was going to take challenges from Zeiss and Sigma lying down, did you?
The new design features internal focusing, weather sealing, and 11 elements in 9 groups including two aspherical and four anomalous partial dispersion glass elements. Price is $5,295.
And speak of the devil—we were just talking about this the other day—the Leica Sofort is a Leica-branded $299 Instax camera! I'd almost buy one for the "Automatik-Hektor" lens name alone. I haven't heard that name since Uncle Arthur Kramer, lens guru of the old Modern Photography magazine of revered memory, used to build delightfully bad Leica jokes around the phrase "when Hektor was a pup." (Hektor was the name of Max Berek's dog. Max Berek was an early lens designer for Leica who gave the Hektor lens its name.)
There's a nice review at Engadget called "Leica's Sofort instant camera is better than it looks." But any $299 Leica meant for having fun looks pretty good from here.
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