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Leica M9 owners might be wondering if the new 2010 Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH is a worthwhile upgrade over the original version; this page was prepared in May 2010 about 3 months before the 2010 model with its “floating” element and other changes for better digital performance was to be released.
The announcement of the 2010 Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH also provides a rare opportunity to compare equivalent MTF charts of an older legend to an improved design. The focal length is identical, the measurements follow the same protocol, so it’s the perfect comparison. The MTF charts are at infinity, and so should likely represent the minimum improvement to be expected, because the floating element group is about improving close-range performance.
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