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Leica Telephoto 135mm f/3.4 APO Telyt M Manual Focus Lens USA

You Pay: $3,850.00

The Leica 135mm f/3.4 APO Telyt M Manual Focus Lens the two previous M lenses of the same focal length (f/2.8 and f/4, respectively). The sharpness, contrast and resolving power of this unique lens are impressive, even at full aperture. Other plus points are its modest weight, its handiness, and its ease of operation. And it comes with a built-in sliding lens hood.

Filter Size 49mm
f/Stop Range f/3.4-22
Minimum Focus Distance 5'
Magnification 1:9
Angle of View 18 Degrees
Groups/Elements 4/5
Length 4.1"
Maximum Diameter 2.3"
Weight 1.00 lb
Leica Telephoto 135mm f/3.4 APO Telyt M Manual Focus Lens
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Soft Leather Case
  • Built-In Telescopic Lens Hood
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    LeicaTelephoto 135mm f/3.4 APO Telyt M Manual Focus Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (5)
    • Consistent output (4)
    • Durable (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Easily interchangeable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

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      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great, compact 135 mm lens

      By KAJ

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits

        Comments about Leica Telephoto 135mm f/3.4 APO Telyt M Manual Focus Lens:

        First, I was surprised that the lens came with the Leica 6-bit coding, which is not mentioned in the product description. So the camera recognizes the lens.Using the Leica M 240, focusing with the rangefinder or with the EVF or via live view is accurate. The images are stunning with high contrast and sharp focus. The lens does not allow as shallow depth of field as the Zeiss 135mm f/2, but it is also not nearly as heavy. I love the compact size of the Leica and for some reason, it seems to stimulate more creativity in my photography.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        As Good As Any Other Leica Lens

        By Amudgarden

        from Phoenix, MD

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Leica Telephoto 135mm f/3.4 APO Telyt M Manual Focus Lens:

          After reading many online reviews about this lens, I was hesitant to purchase it. I've read many reports about difficulty in focusing and inconsistent results. However, the thought of using a lens with 135mm reach with a Leica rangefinder was too much temptation to resist.

          I'm glad I purchased it. In somewhat limited use, I have yet to discover any significant difficulty in focusing...even without the use of the 1.25 or 1.4 magnifiers, the lens has been very consistent in producing the image the way I expected it to be when I shot it.

          I have only used it on the Monochrom, so I can't comment on how it renders color. But sharpness and contrast are every bit as exceptional as you expect from a Leica lens. Ridiculously sharp, and has that subtle, abstract "know it when you see it" Leica look to the image...as if you're looking through a window.

          To produce a 135mm lens as light and easy to handle as this lens is just incredible. I look forward to using this lens in all kinds of different situations.

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          (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Inconsistent

          By ttriolo

          from Madison, AL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Difficult to focus
          • Heavy
          • Inconsistent output
          • No Coding
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Cityscapes
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Leica Telephoto 135mm f/3.4 APO Telyt M Manual Focus Lens:

          Optically, this is probably a wonderfully lens. I mean it's a Leica right? They are the best in the world, and I have no doubt this one is too. The problem is, that getting a sharp image with it is too much of a hit or miss proposition, not because of the lens, but because the critical focusing one has to do to get a sharp image. When you think you have locked into focus, this lens has a way of proving you wrong. I recently purchased a new copy from B&H to take on a trip. I have been using Leicas for years and felt I had enough experience to counteract all the caveats and warnings about the critical focus on this lens. I heard all the advice about stopping down at least two stops, shoot at least at 125/sec, and get a 1.4 eyepiece magnifier. I understood that all these suggestions were made only to increase the odds of success. I knew the limitations of combining viewfinder cameras and tele lenses and understood that they don't always play nice together. But, I've been the owner of the 90 Elmarit for years, and have never had a focusing problem. How much more difficult could the 135 be? As it turns out - a lot harder. Even stopping down two stops or more does not insure any measure of success. Nor, do the frame lines on the M9 accurately reflect what you will get in the image, and Leica did not code this lens either. They say it isn't necessary optically, but it sure would be nice to get accurate EXIF data in your files. You can dial in the lens ID manually, but guess what happens when you change lenses and forget to change back to auto detection. Now, all your images will say they were shot with the 135. For what this lens costs, Leica should have at least have coded it, giving you the option to either use it or not. It just makes sense and would eliminate one more thing to have to remember. I didn't know how often I will use this focal length on an M camera, but having worked with it some, I can probably say not too often, which is a shame. It's probably a great lens, but it just too much bloody work to get a sharp image.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing

          By world traveler

          from Denver Co

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Hard to focus

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Leica Telephoto 135mm f/3.4 APO Telyt M Manual Focus Lens:

          Was not sure that a tele-lens was really something I would need.
          After two weeks, I don't want to miss it anymore. I have to say it is "tricky" to get it right with the focus but if, the photos are amazing.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great lens

          By raj

          from atlanta, ga

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Leica Telephoto 135mm f/3.4 APO Telyt M Manual Focus Lens:

            Optically this is a great lens. About as good as you get at this focal length. There are two main limitations. First, you need the 1.4X Leica magnifier to focus adequately on M9. Second, unless taking pictures in daylight, I feel that a tripod is necessary to get adequately sharp pictures (since max aperture is 3.4 and need at least 1/60sec shutter speed handheld). I feel that best use of lens is for portraits. On tripod, after sunrise and before sunset, this lens is just amazing for portraits. Again, one has to accept the above mentioned limitations. Very special-purpose lens and not a walk-around lens. Sharpness and bokeh amazing at every aperture.

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            (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Leica 135mm f/3.4 APO Telyt M Lens.

            By BRJR

            from USA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • ReportageDocumentary

              Comments about Leica Telephoto 135mm f/3.4 APO Telyt M Manual Focus Lens:

              1. I just received this lens overnight from B&H. I immediately stepped outside, after unpacking this lens, made a few quick snaps, including at wide-open aperture & this lens performs very well on my Leica M9. I did this because I had read reports that this lens is difficult to focus and is not recommended for shooting at open aperture. Another group of shooters with this lens, say it functions just fine for them at all apertures, they don't need a magnifier, and that the lens is sharp, good contrast and colors -- well, my findings are consistent with this latter group of shooters.

              2. Overall, an excellent lens for my needs, plus it's small, light-weight and very easy to carry for a lens of this focal length; and, I am glad I went ahead and purchased this lens, despite what I've heard from some others. On the M9, all I do is select this lens in the lens menu manually, quickly focus and fire away, it's no problem at all. Frankly, I select the lens manually to have it's focal length recorded in metadata for the images I shoot with it; this lens attached to my M9 functions well, with or without doing this.

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