Summarit-S 70 f/2.5 ASPH. CS

The high-performance standard lens
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Standards redefined

The Summarit 70 f/2.5 ASPH. (CS) (56 mm in 35 mm format) is suitable as a standard focal length for an enormous range of photographic situations and, thanks to its speed and superior imaging quality, masters them at all apertures and focusing distances.

The use of aspherical surfaces to almost completely eliminate monochromatic aberration is unusual for this focal length and underlines the exceptional character of this lens.

The highlights

Ideal standard for all photographic needs

  • High-performance standard lens with an angle of view equivalent to that of a 56 mm lens in 35 mm format
  • Innovative central shutter for maximum design freedom when using additional light
  • Excellent imaging performance over the entire range and at all aperture settings 
  • Extremely fast
  • Creative use of sharpness and blurring for the plastic extraction of motif details
  • Best image quality up to the edges due to aspherical optics
  • Weather- and dust-sealed lens

Technical Details

The eight lens elements of the Summarit-S 70 f/2.5 ASPH. (CS) are arranged in six groups. Two cemented elements made from glasses with high anomalous partial dispersion minimize chromatic aberration, while glasses with extremely high refractive indices and an aspherical element counteract monochromatic aberrations.

The built-in front filter is an integral part of the optical design and provides optimum protection against dust and spray. In this design, focusing in combination with a floating element ensures excellent performance in the close focusing range.


Modulation Transfer Function

The MTF is indicated both at full aperture and at f/5.6 and f/8 at long taking distances (infinity).

Shown is the contrast in percentage for 5, 10, 20 and 40 lp/mm across the height of the 35mm film format, for tangential (dotted line) and sagittal (solid line) structures, in white light. The 5 and 10 lp/mm will give an indication regarding the contrast ratio for large object structures. The 20 and 40 lp/mm records the resolution of finer and finest object structures.


Distortion & vignetting

Distortion is the deviation of the real image height (in the picture) from the ideal image height. The relative distortion is the percentage deviation. The ideal image height results from the object height and the magnification. The image height of 27.04mm is the radial distance between the edge and the middle of the image field for the format 30mm×45mm.

The graph of the effective distortion illustrates the appearance of straight horizontal and vertical lines in the picture.
Vignetting is a continous decrease of the illumination to the edges of the image field. The graph shows the percentage loss of illumination over the image height. 100% means no vignetting.

Technical Data Files
Leica Summarit-S 70 mm f/2.5 ASPH. (CS)
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Technical data

Order no. 11055 | CS: 11051
Image angle (diagonal, horizontal, vertical) approx. 42° / 35° / 24°, corresponds to approx. 56 mm focal length in 35 mm format
Optical design  
Number of lenses / groups 8 / 6
Entrance pupil infinity: 26.66 mm (in front of bayonet in incident light direction)
  close focus limit: 43.62 mm (in front of bayonet in incident light direction)
Focusing range 0.5 m to ∞
Distance setting  
Scales Combined meter/feet graduation
Smallest object field 142 mm × 212 mm
Largest reproduction ratio 1 : 4.7
Setting / Function Electronically controlled diaphragm, set using setting/selection dial on camera, including half values
Lowest value 22
Bayonet Leica S bayonet
Filter mount / Lens hood External bayonet for lens hood (included), internal thread for E72 filter, filter mount does not rotate
Dimensions and weight  
Length to bayonet mount approx. 93 / 151 mm (without / with lens hood)
Largest diameter approx. 90 / 117 mm (without / with lens hood)
Weight approx. 740 / 890 g (without / with central shutter)