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The idea behind the new Summicron-SL lenses is the combination of very high optical performance with compact dimensions. What are the concrete advantages of this for photographers?
Skopp: With the Summicron-SL lenses, we are giving photographers a range of first-class lenses with exceptional performance. Their performance profiles are convincing in every respect. The engineers have delivered unbelievable results, and have, without a doubt, achieved new levels of excellence, not only in terms of optical performance. The weight, balance, and handling are ideally harmonized, and the haptic sensation and finish are in the absolute high-end category in all respects. On top of this, we have their amazingly compact size and an extremely fast and precise autofocus that lends the lenses lightness, discretion, and such impressive precision.
The APO-Summicron-SL 75 f/2 ASPH. is the first lens of this series. Why did you choose this focal length in particular?
Skopp: This focal length has a long tradition at Leica. The perspective for portraits – that’s what the choice of this focal length is all about – is significantly different from that delivered by a 50 mm or 90 mm lens. You have to try out a 75 mm lens for yourself to understand what this means in practice..."