Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens

Model #11649

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General Information

Filter Size 77mm (only with dedicated hood)
f/Stop Range f/3.8-16.0
Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' (70cm)
Magnification 1:35
Angle of View 90° x 67° (
horizontal x vertical
) with 35mm cameras
74° x 53° (
horizontal x vertical
) with Leica M8
Groups/Elements 7/8
Length 2.3" (58mm)
Maximum Diameter 2.4" (61mm)
Weight 0.84 lb (310g)
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
19 August 2014

The Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH. is a sharp, compact rangefinder lens, but it requires huge 77mm filters.

  • +

    Compact. Ultra-wide field of view. Sharp through most of the frame. Minimal distortion.

  • -

    Expensive. Requires accessory holder for filter use. Corners a bit muddy at wider apertures.

Ken rockwell.34354950
21 June 2009

If you want ultra- I can't say until I get one into my hot little hands. Based on what Leica tells us, I really want one of these for night shooting based on its 9-bladed diaphragm. Coming from Leica, we can be assured that the optics are unsurpassed, but what really matters is: 1.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
18 December 2012

The quality of Leica lenses is superb and this is no exception. The focus is silky smooth and the aperture ring has a perfect balance of ease/resistance. The lens is sharp, more than I expected, fine detail is rendered beautifully all the way to the edges.

19 March 2016

A true star. One of the finest lenses I have ever used. It is slow but compact and the image quality is more than just sharp. Shots have a rich natural clarity that blooms as images are enlarged. Very highly recommended.

B h photo.32817553
7 November 2016

It is beautifully made, like a work of art, feels solid and elegant. It shines particularly at 11, extremely sharp.

19 January 2012

Probably no better 18mm on the market today, but performs well only on Leica M bodies (must be stopped well down for Sony A7/A7R and mirrorless in general—ray angle degrades sharpness at wider apertures). High brilliance, some lateral chromatic aberration outside central 2/3 area.

B h photo.32817553
17 October 2011

Works flawlessly with the M9, superb images, great design.

B h photo.32817553
26 June 2011

I purchased this lens before going to Rome for the first time. I wanted something that would be able to capture scenes that I couldn't get with my 28mm lens. This was a perfect solution!The photos captured with this lens and an M9 are fantastic. The clarity is amazing for such a compact lens.

B h photo.32817553
26 December 2010

This lens is used for architecture, both interiors and exteriors, and for landscapes. It is extremely sharp edge to edge. Some distortion close-up but nothing that can't be fixed in photoshop. Be sure to use the external viewfinder to get an accurate image of the scene.

Product Highlights
  • Super Wide Angle
  • 6-Bit Digital Compatible
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In The Box
  • Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens
  • Rear Lens Cap for M-Lenses
  • Lens Hood Cap
  • Leather Lens Case
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • 3-Year Passport Warranty
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