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|Angle of View||35mm format (24 x 36mm): 91°, 80°, 59° Leica M8 models (18 x 27mm): 74°, 64°, 46° Focal length equivalent: approx. 28mm|
|Optical Design||8 elements in 7 groups, 2 aspherical surfaces|
|Working Range||2.3' / 0.7m to infinity|
|Aperture||f/3.4-16 with half-stop detents|
|Mount||Leica M bayonet with 6-bit bar-coding|
|Filter Mount||46 mm|
|Miscellaneous||Scales: Combined meter/feet graduation Smallest object field: 706 x 1059mm (35mm format); 530 x 795mm (for M8)|
|Dimensions||Length to bayonet flange: 43/55mm (1.69/2.17") With/without lens hood Diameter: 53mm (2.09")|
|Weight||9.84 oz (279g)|
As I've been saying, this is LEICA's best 21mm lens ever. I had my own on order only an hour after I got this loaner in my hands. This 21/3.4 is a lens for photographers. The LEICAMAN doesn't make photographs, so he prefers the big, ugly and expensive LEICA SUMMILUX-M 21mm f/1.4 ASPH instead as a...
I purchased this lens just days before heading to Cuba for a week-long trip. I wanted this wide-angle lens on my M (Typ240), to go along with a Nikon D5 and 70-200. It was a great combination. As an F/3.4 lens, it's way smaller than the F/1.4 21mm which makes it ideal as a companion on a trip.
If you are after speed you can spend another $5,000 and buy the 21mm Summilux F1.4, but here's the amazing thing, all it gives you speed. The 21mm Super Elmar produces better quality images at comparable f-stops and less distortion, virtually none!
Very sharp lens wide open but have little CA. It goes away @ f5.6.
This lens is truly a gem. It might cost a little more than comparable lenses from other brands, but nothing else even comes close. Distortion is near zero and the sharpness is superb, each successive shot taken with this lens is as impressive as the first.
I cannot add anything to the comments of other reviewers except to say that this little lens is simply stunning in every way: Build quality, precision focusing, performance and especially in image quality.
This is an outstanding combination of small size and optical excellence. I routinely shoot it wide open without reservation, especially for interior shots. Great for street shooting, if you can get close to your subject.
I had a 21 mm Super Angulon lens for 40 years. I knew what to expect from that lens. But, the 21 mm f/3.4 Super-Elmar is in completely different league. I am just amazed by the improved sharpness and lack of distortion of images from this lens. From my perspective, it is a great lens.
There is a lot of talk on the web about Leica lenses and their image quality. Now I'm not able to measure MFTs, chromatic aberration, coma, distortion, etc... so I can't say that all the web talk has not swayed my opinion, but this lens is awesome!
This is a superb 21mm lens, both optically and for its compactness. Optically, it cannot be beat, even wide open. Leica's claims are quite accurate from my experience. An excellent street shooting lens - set it at 5.6 and forget about focusing.
Highly recommended 21mm lens for the Leica M mount. Others have written far more learned reviews. I suggest the size and results on this lens make it far worth your consideration.