It comes in black and silver, of course.
A very intriguing lens.
If the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZM truly surpasses the performance of the Leica 35mm Summilux FLE, it will be impressive. Even if the published Zeiss MTF graphs are misleading and this lens “only” comes close to the FLE, it will still be impressive, given it’s 50% the price of the Leica equivalent.
However, it’s larger than the FLE (but has less distortion).
Looking at the few sample images on the ‘net, it renders very similarly to my 50 Summilux ASPH and the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZM (two lenses I love), at least with respect to the way it draws the (in-focus) subject. Bokeh is not the same.
Did I mention I’m intrigued?
[EDIT October 13, 2014: I re-purchased a Leica 35 Summilux FLE as I am pleased with its performance and small size.]
The reddish skin rendering may make you believe this was shot with a Leica M240, but she was in fact sitting in front of a large illuminated red sign.
So now I know how to achieve the M240 look, with respect to skin tones anyway.
However, I don’t know how to produce the muddy rendering of the CMOS-crippled Leica M240, as all I can get out of my Leica M9/M-E are those lovely CCD crisp files with superior tonality and colour reproduction, at base ISO.
For those of you who haven’t already done so, perhaps you may be interested in signing My Open Letter to Leica.
(over 280 signatures so far…)
Please hurry up Sony and release a fixed-lens “medium format” digital camera.
Those of us who place a high value on image quality but prefer to be discreet with our cameras want an alternative to the current gargantuan digital MF offerings.