The Leica SL Mirrorless Camera Gets a New 50mm Prime Lens and Firmware Version 2.2

Leica's new prime lens is big in size and price

Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 prime lens
The new lens is shown here with its lens hood attached.Leica

Until now, Leica's SL full-frame mirrorless camera system has had only zoom lenses from which to choose, but now the company has announced its first prime and it's a beauty. The Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH announcement comes with a new firmware update that ramps up the interchangeable-lens compact (ILC) camera's tethered shooting capabilities.

Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 prime lens
At first glance, it might look like a zoom lens if you're judging just by the size.Leica

The lens, like the rest of the system, is fairly sizable. It stuffs 11 elements into nine different groups, two of which are aspherical and four of which are anomalous partial dispersion elements. It has an 82mm front filter size—what you’d expect to find on a high-end zoom lens.

Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 prime lens
The 82mm filter thread size is commonly found on longer lenses and zooms in the DSLR world.Leica

Everything about the lens feels very Leica from the styling to the price tag, which checks in at a cool $5,295.

The new firmware is version 2.2 and the focus is primarily on compatibility with Leica Image Shuttle and Tethered Plug-In software. Both are aimed at a better tethered shooting experience, which is something that’s often quite important for studio photographers.