Super-Vario-Elmarit-SL 14-24mm f/2.8 ASPH
Leica says its new 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom lens is designed to cater to L-mount photographers who want access to the 14mm focal length and is especially suited for capturing panoramic landscapes as well in video production. The company says that the advanced optical design allows it to capture images that feature sharpness from edge to edge — to the degree that it promises the 14-24mm is an excellent choice for landscape, architecture, and astrophotography.
The lens has a wide viewing angle of 114 degrees which would typically lead to distortions and aberrations, but Leica says that these have been compensated for thanks to the optical construction.
The 14-24mm f/2.8 ASPH features 18 elements arranged into 13 groups. It features an aperture range of f/2.8 through f/22 which is electronically controlled — there is no external manual aperture control. The all-metal aluminum housing is dust and “splash water” protected while the front element has been treated with Leica’s Hydrophobe Aqua-Dura coating. The lens hood cannot be removed.
The Leica Super-Vario-Elmarit-SL 14-24mm f/2.8 ASPH is available starting today for $2,495.
Super-APO-Summicron-SL 21mm f/2 ASPH
Leica’s newest wide-angle prime for L-mount is the 21mm f/2 ASPH and is the world’s first 21mm APO (apochromatic) lens. The company claims this new prime lens, which has a 91.7-degree diagonal field of view, delivers consistent sharpness from edge to edge and, just like the other APO-Summicron lenses that Leica produces to support its SL cameras, is relatively small thanks to what it says is the compact and robust Dual Synchro Drive autofocus system.
“This lens is versatile, perfect for studio, landscape, and architectural photography. With its close focusing distance and
apochromatic correction, Leica ensures top-notch image clarity,” the company says.
The 21mm f/2 ASPH features a construction of 14 lenses arranged into 11 groups including three aspherical elements. It features an aperture range of f/2 through f/22, which is electronically controlled — there is no external manual aperture control.
Leica provided a few sample images that were captured using the new lens:
The Leica Super-APOSummicron-SL 21mm f/2 ASPH is available starting today for $5,495.
Image credits: Leica