Leica has just announced a new addition to their SL zoom lens family: Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35 f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. It’s made for Leica’s full frame mirrorless SL system, and it’s made to let you take “a wider view of the world.” With the new 16-35mm, Leica aims for architecture and landscape photographers, but this lens can also be useful for group portraits, weddings, reportage, documentary or travel photography.
Say hello to the new high-performance Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16–35 f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. This lens expands the spectrum of the existing portfolio of SL zoom lenses into wide-angle: https://t.co/e5X1Axy7nq
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The Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35 f/3.5–4.5 ASPH is made of 18 lenses in 12 groups. It has the working range from 250mm to infinity. The aperture ranges between f/3.5 and f/22 at 16mm or f/4.5 and f/22 at 35mm. Leica promises exceptional image quality throughout the entire range of focal lengths, as well as super-fast and quiet autofocus.
The lens’ construction promises correction of chromatic aberrations and control of reflections. Due to the front lens coating and the barrel that doesn’t extend when zooming, the lens is made to endure a variety of weather conditions.
Here are the full specs of the latest Leica’s lens:
|Field angle (diagonal, horizontal, vertical)||Focal length 16mm: 105,6°/95,3°/72°
Focal lenght 24mm: 84,7°/74,4°/53,7°
Focal length 35mm: 64,6°/55,5°/38,7°
|Number of lenses/groups||18/12|
|Number of aspherical lenses||2|
|Entrance pupil position||Focal lenght 16mm: 105,9mm
Focal lenght 24mm: 101,5mm
Focal lenght 35mm: 105,0mm
|Working range||250mm to infinity|
|Smallest object field||Focal length 35mm: 90 x 135 mm|
|Largest reproduction ratio||Focal length 16mm: 1:7,7
Focal length 35mm: 1:3,7
|Setting/function||Electronically controlled aperture, set using turn/push wheel on camera, including half values|
|Aperture setting range||Focal length 16mm: 3,5-22
Focal length 35mm: 4,5-22
|Bayonet/sensor format||Leica L bayonet, full-frame 35mm format|
|Dimensions and weight|
|Length to bayonet mount||123 mm (without lens hood)|
|Largest diameter||88 mm|
There are now three Super-Vario-Elmar-SL lenses: 24–90 f/2.8–4, 90–280 f/2.8–4, and the latest 16–35 f/3.5–4.5. With these three lenses, Leica hopes that they’ll fulfill the needs of all typical genres of photography.
The Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35 f/3.5–4.5 ASPH will be available starting from 23 April. You’ll be able to get it at Leica stores, boutiques and dealers worldwide, and it will come with a price tag of $5,495.