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Leica 24mm Elmarit-M f/2.8 ASPH 35mm Primes

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                      5 / 5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $0

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length24mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Min Aperturef/16
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance27.6 in
    Picture Angle84 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size55 mm
    Groups / Elements7 Elements in 5 Groups
    Diameter2.3 in
    Length1.8 in
    Weight10.24 oz
    Product ID20723610

Product Description

Its contrast and detail rendition even at full aperture set new standards among wide-angle lenses. Stopping down by just 1 to 1.5 apertures delivers maximum optical performance across the entire image field.The high levels of brilliance and plasticity are retained even in close-up photography. This lens is ideal for photojournalism assignments and architectural shots. The 24 mm focal length means that converging verticals, such as those encountered when shooting buildings, are easy to master with this lens without having to work from too great a distance. Though its focal length is only 3 mm longer than that of a 21 mm lens, the 24mm yields surprisingly natural perspectives with no indication that a super-wide-angle lens has been used.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by SPG a Expert

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2006

Strengths:    Optical correction of all aberrations. Superbly flat field of view - super low distortion. Very flare resistant which is not common among very wide angle lenses.

Excellent superfine detail resolution even wide open that changes very little out to the edges. At F4 it's performance is probably optimal - a great design achievement.

Build quality - quality of design, build and fininsh.

Beautifully balanced in the hand.

Most lens design involves trade-offs; it's hard to see where there was any trade-off with this lens' design!

Weaknesses:    No performance weaknesses.

It's just a bit sad that souch great quality must come with a relatively high price tag. But, if you buy only one lens wider than 35mm in a Leica M mount, this IMHO is the optimal choice.

Bottom Line:   
This lens is one of Leica's most remarkable optical "greats" and was well lauded by Erwin Puts as being one of the most outstanding 24mm lenses ever built and certainly one of the finest performers in the Leica-M stable.

As a user I have to agree with every positive comment made about the Elmarit-M 24mm lens.

It is superbly built with super smoot controls of focus and aperture. The latter has nice positive click stops and the former makes pin sharp accurate focusing a breeze. It comes with a neat but not optically corrected 24mm accessory viewfinder. One can take a bit of use to get accustomed to having to use the finder (unles your M body has a 0.58x viewfinder in which the outermost frame is a fairly accurate estimate of the AOV. Of course only the accessory viewfinder gives a user a "real" perspective of the "stretch" factor a 24mm lens provides.

Physically the lens is a dream to use and comnes with a neat clip on rectangular hood that allows one filter to be fitted before the filter depth prevents the hood from fitting onto the lens barrel.

F2.8 is e very reasonalble if not "fast" widest aperture for such a lens. Any wider would upset the brilliant aberration corrections and the nice size and balance of the lens.

The lens is so well corrected for distortion the field of view is nearly perfectly flat - remarkably so.

It resiste flare brilliantly, shoed no sign of astigmatism nor any coma etc etc. It is one of the best corrected lenses avalable. Clour tone is typically superb tonality from Leica.

Wide angle enthusiats will just love this lens. While I'm not such a wide angle enthusiast I really enjoyed using this lens.

I have not been able to fault its performance in anyway. Of course superb optics come at a price and this lens comes with a hefty price tag, but a very well deserved one at that.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   Voigtlander M/screw mount 25mm; Canon 20 and 24mm; Olympus Zuiko OM 21 and 24 mm.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by agp a Expert

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2004

Strengths:    Quality

Weaknesses:    The lens hood. I have a fairly roomy camera bag, and the clips on the oens hood are knocked and the lens hood falls off. This is the only Leica item, I think, with really poor design.
The viewfinder is fine, but I don't have confidence in its longevity.

Bottom Line:   
Not as useful as my 35mm, this is still a staggeringly good lens. There seems to be less distortion with this than with any otehr 24mm lens I have used.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Purchased At:   Wey Cameras, Surrey

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Kernaghan a Professional from Toronto

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2002

Strengths:    State of the art resolution, contrast, and colour saturation.
It has excellent flatness of field, and essentially no distortion.
I have never used a wide angle lens from any manufacturer, with the performance of the 24 ASPH.
A truly oustanding lens by any standard.

Weaknesses:    The plastic viewfinder is not that well constructed.
The price is high, but with this lens you get what you paid for.

Bottom Line:   
Truly a lens without peer. The 24 ASPH is in a class of it's own, I expected this lens to be good, but frankly I was shocked at just how good the images are. The 24 ASPH can easily be compared to best lenses in the Leica line up, not just other wide angles.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   Nikon SLR

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by harbormor a Expert from Los Angeles

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2002

Strengths:    Solid construction, fine finish, high resolution, outstanding contrast, vibrant color rendition across the spectrum.

Weaknesses:    Cannot use a conventional filter with its own lens hood.

Bottom Line:   
Aside from what everybody has already said about its image quality capabilities, I must comment on how solidly built this lens is. It's heavy for its size. The focusing & aperture ring is heavily dampened which is great for the hyperfocal setting. I set it on hyperfocal all day, and when I got home, it was unmoved! And from close inspection
it appears that no expense was spared in producing this lens. It's truly a jewel.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $1520.00

Purchased At:   Don Chatterton Leica

Similar Products Used:   No other

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alan Uke a Expert from San Diego, Ca. USA

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2002

Strengths:    Image Quality

Weaknesses:    expensive

Bottom Line:   
Wonderful lens. Sharp and great color rendition. I have the Aspheric version

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Jim Kuehl Camera

Similar Products Used:   Many Leica and Nikon lenses

Type of photography:   People

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