Leica has announced the forthcoming availability of its fastest ever 28mm lens for the M-system of rangefinder cameras. The Leica Summilux-M 28mm F1.4 ASPH will arrive in stores from June 22nd, and will be priced at £3975/$5950.

Leica claims the new lens will offer the same performance levels as its Summilux-M 35mm F1.4 lens, and will produce fine detail in images right across the frame. The company says the 10-element-in-7-groups construction contains a floating focusing element behind the diaphragm and an aspherical lens that helps to keep the unit relatively small.

An attraction will be the ability to isolate subjects with a shallow depth of field in a relatively wide angle image, but also the wide maximum aperture will be useful in low light situations. Leica emphasizes the lens's benefits for photojournalism, landscapes and architecture, and highlights its effective color correction, constant contrast at all focus distances and its hand-built 'made in Germany' reliability.

The Summilux-M 28mm F1.4 ASPH comes with a metal lens hood, measures 81x61mm with the hood attached (67x61mm without) and weighs 440g/0.97 lb. The smallest aperture available in the range of half-stop clicks is F16, and the closest focus point is 0.7m with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:21.9. The company's current fastest 28mm lens for the M-system is the Summicron-M 28mm F2 ASPH which retails at £3150/$3780.

For more information visit the Leica website.