Leica has announced its new APO-Summicron-SL 35mm F2 ASPH lens, an L-mount lens designed to be used with Leica's SL mirrorless cameras as well as Panasonic and Sigma cameras as part of the L-Mount Alliance.

The lens features 13 elements in 11 groups, including five aspherical elements. The optical elements feature 'high-quality coatings' on the various lens elements to help reduce unwanted reflections 'to an absolute minimum' and also feature a hydrophobic Aquadura coating on the exterior lens surfaces. The body of the lens is sealed against both dust and moisture.

As with other lenses in Leica's Summicron-SL collection, the 35mm F2 ASPH lens features a Dual Syncro Drive (DSD) steeping motor for fast autofocus. Leica says the lens 'completely travels the entire focus range in just 250 milliseconds.' The lens measures 102mm / 4.02in long and 73mm / 2.87in in diameter and weighs in at 720g / 25.4oz.

The APO-Summicron-SL 35mm F2 ASPH lens will go on sale in mid-April for $4,595 at Leica Stores, Boutiques and authorized retailers.