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

Model #11649

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Specifications

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
7.0/10

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
10/10

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.

Amazon.32817384
19 March 2016
10/10

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
10/10

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

Amazon.32817384
19 January 2012
10/10

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
10/10

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

B h photo.32817553
26 June 2011
10/10

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
8.0/10

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
7.0/10
Average Expert Score
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Average User Score
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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