Leica is set to launch a new 18mm M-system lens and a flash unit suitable for all Leica rangefinder and SLR cameras.

Next month sees the launch of the Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH. Also due out is a new 18mm Bright Line Finder.

Leica claims the lens is ideal for a variety of uses including reportage, landscapes and architectural photography.

It will deliver the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 24mm lens when attached to the Leica M8 and M8.2.

The eight-element-in-seven-group lens includes an aspherical element.

Also due out in March is the Leica SF 58 flash unit designed to be compatible with all Leica rangefinders and SLRs, including the firm’s first S-system camera due out this summer.

The SF 58 covers a 24-105mm range and includes a wideangle diffuser that aims to extend field of view by 18mm.

Features include an automatic fill-in flash mode and two ‘lighting profiles’ (standard and soft).

The flash will also allow future firmware updates via its built-in USB connector.

Prices had yet to be announced at the time of writing.

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