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Leica 21-35mm Vario-Elmar-R f/3.5-4 35mm Zoom

5 star rating
                      5 / 5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $1900.00

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length21mm - 35mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/3.5-f/4
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance19.2 in
    Picture Angle63.4 - 91.6 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size67 mm
    Groups / Elements9 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diameter3 in
    Length2.1 in
    Weight17.6 oz
    Product ID20724603

Product Description

35mm manual focus zoom lens for Leica R-Series SLRs

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nagelchr a Expert from Karlsruhe, Germany

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2003

Strengths:    Optical and mechanical quality - just a perfect tool !

Weaknesses:    nothing ! The smaller aperture is no real weakness as you gain sharpness and high contrast with it while keeping the weight low !

Bottom Line:   
Superb lens. Build quality, mechanics and optics are perfect. Distortion and vignetting are low, contrast and resolution is very high. The smaller aperture is no problem, because you get f/2.8 with 21 and 24 mm lenses mostly with softer areas in the corners and vignetting. So this lens is very sharp and perfect for landscape and outdoor photography in general.
It is a little bit harder to focus this lens correctly. I'm also using a Leica M6 with the new Elmarit-M 21 asph., and here the focussing is much easier. Here you can see and experience the advantage of rangefinder cameras, although it is a little bit harder to keep the horizon horizontal !
The 21-35 is the perfect companion for my 4/35-70 and my 70-180 (or 80-200). It is much better than my Elmarit-R 2.8/24.
It is not cheap, but worth the money because you get what you pay for. And here, you'll get a mechanical and optical masterpiece ! Get it !

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Elmarit-M 21/2.8 asph, Elmarit-R 24/2.8

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by TheDoc a Expert from Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2003

Strengths:    Sharpness, lack of distortion, build quality, feel

Weaknesses:    Price and not F2.8

Bottom Line:   
Absolutely stunning lens. A no brainer for an R system user.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Francisco HK

Similar Products Used:   Nikon 17-35 F2.8 AFS, Canon 16-35L F2.8, Minolta 17-35 G

Type of photography:   People

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