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Leica launches Super-Elmar-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH lens

Leica announces the SUPER-ELMAR-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH lens featuring a lens element with two aspherical surfaces, to ensure outstanding optical performance across the image plane and at all f-stops. The lens corresponds to a universal 24 mm wide angle lens when mounted on a LEICA M8 model and a super wide angle lens with an impressive angle of view when mounted on an analogue Leica M model. With the lens set to maximum aperture, vignetting amounts to a nominal 2.3 stops or 1.7 stops on a Leica M8...

PRESS SUMMARY

All about the new Leica Super-Elmar-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH lens (pdf) State-of-the-art super wide angle lens - the LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH. will help you capture the expansiveness of space like few other tools.

The LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH. will help you capture the expansiveness of space like few other tools. Nominally larger than a standard lens, it boasts an extreme angle of view of up to 100 degrees and reaches far into the field of super wide angle lenses, at the same time guaranteeing the outstanding lens qualities that are typical for LEICA. The LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH. broadens the horizon not only in architecture and landscape photography but in many other areas as well.

Excellent performance and compact design

The LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH. successfully merges ambitious wide angle photography with the very best of optical quality and compact design. This is achieved thanks to a patented, spacesaving, yet extremely effective lens hood. The lens corresponds to a universal 24 mm wide angle lens when mounted on a LEICA M8 model and a super wide angle lens with an impressive angle of view when mounted on an analogue Leica M model. Its retrofocus-like architecture features eight lens elements of which one boasts two aspherical surfaces to ensure outstanding image quality already at open aperture.

New: Mirror Viewfinder M 18 mm - Intuitive framing

The rangefinder camera coupled with the bright Mirror Viewfinder M 18 mm is a high-precision instrument, yet precision focusing isn't always necessary thanks to sufficient depth of field reserves (hyperfocal technique). This solution is ideal for spontaneous and intuitive photography with the Leica M.

Complementary accessories

UV/ IR Filter: For LEICA M8 models there is a special UV/ IR filter (item no. 13 422), which is mounted between the lens and the lens hood.
Filter Holder. For compatibility with other filters there is the accessory holder for E77 filters, which is mounted where you would normally secure the lens hood (item no. 14 484).

Additional information: All about the new Leica Super-Elmar-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH lens (pdf)
February 20, 2009
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