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New Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH. announced! (FLE II)

  
 
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ArchnemeSwiss wrote:
They are shipping the new version of the 35 Summilux again. I have one coming from Meister Camera in Germany. Will be here in the US next week.


Great news, Thank you ArchnemeSwiss



Jan 07, 2023 at 10:41 AM
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p.7 #2 · p.7 #2 · New Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH. announced! (FLE II)


ArchnemeSwiss wrote:
They are shipping the new version of the 35 Summilux again. I have one coming from Meister Camera in Germany. Will be here in the US next week.


Any clue if Leica was able to resolve the QC issue with this lens?



Jan 19, 2023 at 02:42 PM
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p.7 #3 · p.7 #3 · New Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH. announced! (FLE II)


On the LUF there seems to be folks getting lenses with lens dates in November and December and not experiencing problems. I was on the site about an hour ago and the post for this lens had slipped to the 4th page with last post around January 2. I am not sure because I am interested to but I need more confirmation. I looked at a lens posted here a month ago or so and questioned the date and explained the issue by text. They were not aware. They tested the lens for a few days and ended sending it to Leica because of issues. Date on the box was a July date if I remember correctly. Some think the Leica is back to shipping with the problem resolved.


Jan 19, 2023 at 07:50 PM
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p.7 #4 · p.7 #4 · New Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH. announced! (FLE II)


FrankA373 wrote:
On the LUF there seems to be folks getting lenses with lens dates in November and December and not experiencing problems. I was on the site about an hour ago and the post for this lens had slipped to the 4th page with last post around January 2. I am not sure because I am interested to but I need more confirmation. I looked at a lens posted here a month ago or so and questioned the date and explained the issue by text. They were not aware. They tested the lens for a few days and ended sending it
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The main issue was with the aperture mechanism. Correct?



Jan 19, 2023 at 09:42 PM
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p.7 #5 · p.7 #5 · New Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH. announced! (FLE II)


Yes. The blades would some how get out of position.


Jan 20, 2023 at 06:33 AM
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p.7 #6 · p.7 #6 · New Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH. announced! (FLE II)


Leica USA store has the black and silver FLE II in stock as of the time of this post.


Jan 25, 2023 at 10:53 PM
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highdesertmesa wrote:
Leica USA store has the black and silver FLE II in stock as of the time of this post.


Thanks for the heads up. Just ordered a silver one. Curious to see how it compares to my FLE 1.



Jan 26, 2023 at 07:46 AM
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p.7 #8 · p.7 #8 · New Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH. announced! (FLE II)


lifeandmylens wrote:
Thanks for the heads up. Just ordered a silver one. Curious to see how it compares to my FLE 1.


No change in optical formula. You get built-in hood and closer MFD in Live View.



Jan 26, 2023 at 09:32 AM
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p.7 #9 · p.7 #9 · New Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH. announced! (FLE II)


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No change in optical formula. You get built-in hood and closer MFD in Live View.


I saw it has the same optical formula, but wouldn't having a couple more aperture blades change the character some?




Jan 26, 2023 at 12:30 PM
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Matt Kerby wrote:
I saw it has the same optical formula, but wouldn't having a couple more aperture blades change the character some?



For wide open, no, but for stopped down, yes.



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FLE II arrived today. A couple quick thoughts. Sorry if this is old news. I didnít see much online about this lens so figured Iíd share.

1. I like silver lenses!
2. I like the looks of rectangular hood better, but the v2 is much smaller than the v1 w/hood when retracted.
3. They block about the same of the viewfinder. Iíd actually say the v1 with the hood blocks less because of the cutout.
4. It is a twist out hood. Not the same as the 50 lux pull and then twist. How durable it will be I have no idea.
5. At f/1.4, vignetting appears about the same. Seems itís worse on the v1 in some corners and worse on the v2 in others. To me itís a wash. Someone else with more patience can test for that.
6. Close focus is very nice. Was my main reason for purchasing. It was one of my favorite things about the 35 SL lens.
7. Long focus throw. At MFD, the focus tab is at the 10 oíclock position! There is a noticeable detent at .7m for the rangefinder.
8. Build date is Jan 2023. No issues with aperture blades (yet ).
9. I didn't check for rendering differences stopped down yet.





Both hoods on/extended







v2 hood retracted







Both hoods off/retracted







Aperture Blades/Diameter







V1 MFD







V2 MFD







V1 MFD







V2 MFD







V1 at .7m







V2 at .7m




Jan 27, 2023 at 01:46 PM
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lifeandmylens wrote:
FLE II arrived today. A couple quick thoughts. Sorry if this is old news. I didnít see much online about this lens so figured Iíd share.

1. I like silver lenses!
2. I like the looks of rectangular hood better, but the v2 is much smaller than the v1 w/hood when retracted.
3. They block about the same of the viewfinder. Iíd actually say the v1 with the hood blocks less because of the cutout.
4. It is a twist out hood. Not the same as the 50 lux pull and then twist. How durable it will be I have no idea.
5. At f/1.4,
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It does look good in silver.

Big difference between 0.7m and 0.4m MFD!



Jan 27, 2023 at 02:45 PM
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p.7 #13 · p.7 #13 · New Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH. announced! (FLE II)


I just ordered this lens, the mfd photos posted by @lifeandmylens pushed me over the edge. Had a zeiss 35 distagon. really loved that lens but im looking forward to the much closer focusing...and more compact size. will report back with some images.


Mar 05, 2023 at 01:32 PM
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p.7 #14 · p.7 #14 · New Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH. announced! (FLE II)


highdesertmesa wrote:
Big difference between 0.7m and 0.4m MFD!


Quintessential Leica though to not make it 0.3m... for the additional 10cm you have to pay $3K more...



Mar 05, 2023 at 06:01 PM
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p.7 #15 · p.7 #15 · New Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH. announced! (FLE II)


luminorsubm wrote:
I just ordered this lens, the mfd photos posted by @lifeandmylens@ pushed me over the edge. Had a zeiss 35 distagon. really loved that lens but im looking forward to the much closer focusing...and more compact size. will report back with some images.


Luminor is batting 100 - 1 post, 1 like.

Enjoy it while it lasts!

P.s. welcome to FM.



Mar 05, 2023 at 08:02 PM
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SlowDriver wrote:
Quintessential Leica though to not make it 0.3m... for the additional 10cm you have to pay $3K more...


Maybe the IQ turns to poop at f/1.4 at 0.3m.



Mar 05, 2023 at 08:17 PM
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p.7 #17 · p.7 #17 · New Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH. announced! (FLE II)


Curious to those who own either V1 or V2 of this lens, do you focus recompose (for rule of 1/3) and encounter problems, or it just works?

I've been on the fence on jumping to FLE (as it's coming down in price) or go straight to ver. 2, but for the most part I don't center my subject, always curious how it's behaving in real life for recomposing.

In related experience, I still have my RX1R and recently took it out for a spin and since I so used to rangefinder focusing and composing, I naturally focus and recompose and non of the shot actually nail the focus upon zooming in (and hate moving the focus point all the time). I never find it to be a problem with my 35mm summicron asph v1, in comparison, at all aperture, any distance.

ADDENDUM: I've also since studying the bokeh of the FLE again and they indeed looked harsh coming from the Summicron ASPH, I'll probably not care about it if it's my first 35mm lens but I'll most probably stick to the cron. But for educational purpose, still wish to what's the experience of other people using this lens.



Mar 05, 2023 at 08:46 PM
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p.7 #18 · p.7 #18 · New Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH. announced! (FLE II)


luminorsubm wrote:
I just ordered this lens, the mfd photos posted by @lifeandmylens@ pushed me over the edge. Had a zeiss 35 distagon. really loved that lens but im looking forward to the much closer focusing...and more compact size. will report back with some images.


In the same Distagon boat - looking for a more compact 35mm, testing if the change is worth the extra $$$.



Mar 06, 2023 at 03:42 AM
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markhout wrote:
In the same Distagon boat - looking for a more compact 35mm, testing if the change is worth the extra $$$.



The lens got here 2 days ago, I made a video on it. I don't know how to upload pics here yet. Hopefully a youtube link allowed here



mainly just highlighting the difference between 40cm vs 70cm. It looks like optically the lens is the same as the previous 35 summilux so there's plenty of info out there on colors etc.

In a nutshell, if you want to be able to focus closer get the new leica. There were many occasions with my zeiss that I had to get up out of my chair to take the picture I wanted. I don't see that being an obstacle anymore.

Also I brought the 35 distagon and 75 summarit on a trip to miami. The photos looked noticeably different when changing lenses at the same scene. maybe that'll play a role in your decision.

I've had 4 voightlanders, 2 zeiss and 2 leica lenses. After all those I only have 2 leica lenses left. The voightlanders all underwhelmed me. The zeiss distagon was my favorite of the non leica glass. the biogon was great too but 2.8 wasn't fast enough imo. just my 2 cents.

I got so used to the zeiss, that this summilux almost feels too small. On paper it doesnt seem much smaller but in hand it's a big difference. I got used to the momentum of the zeiss when handling my camera. it's gone with the summilux. almost feels like there's no lens on the camera.

I plan on just keeping the summilux on my m11, so I wanted all the features

haven't had enough time to really test it yet but I'll line a model up soon and do a proper shoot soon. I've actually got a shoot in a few hours I'll bring it to, but it's just studio so that's not very exciting. I have an on location gig sunday that might be cool.

-luminorsubm



Mar 09, 2023 at 09:09 AM
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p.7 #20 · p.7 #20 · New Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH. announced! (FLE II)


luminorsubm wrote:
The lens got here 2 days ago, I made a video on it. I don't know how to upload pics here yet. Hopefully a youtube link allowed here



mainly just highlighting the difference between 40cm vs 70cm. It looks like optically the lens is the same as the previous 35 summilux so there's plenty of info out there on colors etc.

In a nutshell, if you want to be able to focus closer get the new leica. There were many occasions with my zeiss that I had to get up out of my chair to take the picture I wanted.
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Cool video! Where did you get that skin for your M11? I had one like that for my Xpro3, but that seller does not offer for Leicas. TY!



Mar 09, 2023 at 11:40 AM
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