Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M f/ 3.4 ASPH Lens

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General Information

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
Reproduction Ratio 1:29.4
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)
Expert Reviews
Ken rockwell.34354950
21 January 2014

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...

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
8 March 2017

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.

6 January 2017

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!

B h photo.32817553
27 January 2017

Very sharp lens wide open but have little CA. It goes away @ f5.6.

2 December 2015

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.

B h photo.32817553
14 September 2014

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.

B h photo.32817553
27 July 2014

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.

6 February 2014

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.

B h photo.32817553
5 January 2014

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!

27 September 2013

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.

18 May 2013

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.

Product Highlights
  • Leica M Mount
  • f/3.4 - f/16
  • 6-Bit Coding
  • 8 Elements / 7 Groups
  • Minimum Focus: 2.3' / .7 m
  • 46mm Filter Thread
  • Metal Lens Hood Included
  • Engraved DOF, f/Stop & M+F Distance Scales
  • Firmware Updates Available
In The Box
  • Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M f/ 3.4 ASPH Lens
  • Metal Hood
  • Front Cap for Lens Hood
  • Rear Cap
  • Leather Case
  • Instruction Book
  • 3-Year Passport Warranty
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