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Leica 21-35mm Vario-Elmar-R f/3.5-4 35mm Zoom
Product Description35mm manual focus zoom lens for Leica R-Series SLRs
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 !
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 !
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
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
Absolutely stunning lens. A no brainer for an R system user.
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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