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Leica Wide Angle 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit, Updated for Digital) USA

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Extremely compact and light-weight, the Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M Aspherical Lens is currently the most compact lens in the line-up of Leica M-system lenses. This lens is practically distortion-free in the whole focus range from 2.3" (0.7 m) to infinity and only extends slightly into the viewfinder field of M cameras.

This lens has been updated with the "6-bit" coding, which allows the digital M camera to read this information optically and to identify which lens is being used. The camera can then (optionally) apply a "final stage" software based vignetting correction (for RAW images the lens used is simply recorded, no change is made).

Popular wide-angle choice for the Leica M-series
Used on the digital M8 it produces the effect of a 35mm lens, which makes it ideal for reportage.
Includes "6-bit code" which allows the digital M8 camera to identify which lens is being used, and also to store this information in image metadata
Filter Size 39mm
f/Stop Range 2.8-22
Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' (0.7 m)
Magnification 1:22
Angle of View 76° with 35mm cameras
60° with digital camera
Groups/Elements 6/8
Length 1.2" (30mm)
Maximum Diameter 2" (52mm)
Weight 6.3 oz (180 g)
Leica Wide Angle 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit, Updated for Digital)
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    Leica28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit)
     
    4.9

    (based on 26 reviews)

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    Pros

    • Lightweight (22)
    • Durable (19)
    • Reliable (19)
    • Easy to use (18)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape photography (16)
      • Travel (16)
      • Everyday (13)
      • Home (5)
      • Portraits (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (14)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (14), Professional (6), Semi-professional (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Must have for M8 owners.

      I recently gave in to every photographers deep seeded childhood need...and bought a Leica Camera...an M8. I chose the 28mm f/2.8 as my first corresponding lens. I have used...Read complete review

      I recently gave in to every photographers deep seeded childhood need...and bought a Leica Camera...an M8. I chose the 28mm f/2.8 as my first corresponding lens. I have used many different camera types from my Canon 1ds mkII, Hasselblad 503, Arca Swiss 4x5, Nikon FM and D70, 4x5 pinholes, to my Voightlander R3 with a new Zeiss 50mm f/2.8 lens. Now I finally have a Leica outfit. I originally bought this camera to take on commercial fishingboats in New England, but I have found that this new setup works very well as a second non-super wide real estate photography kit. It has also reawakened my love for street photography. This lens is so compact that taking my Leica everywhere I go is not a chore but an absolute pleasure. I take it to breakfast even...in case I see anything I want to get a shot of.
      I spend alot of time staring at Images made with incredible digital equipment, and I find that each camera and lens combination produces something very different. I have a hard time seeing a difference in sharpness between what this lens on my M8 can produce versus my 1ds mkII with an L series lens. But when I show my friends my images...they immediately gravitate towrds the images made with the Leica lens and body. They say it has a 3D feel. I don't have another 28mm f/2.8 lens to compare this to...but I can honestly say that this lens has that exclusively Leica feel to it...where the edges have that classic Leica sharpness which is unmistakeable. The only other lens I have that gives this sensation is my Nikon M 200mm f/8 lens mounted on my Arca 4x5.

      I like this lens shot at 5.6. For close up shots 2.8 is very crisp. This lens' image circle is cropped to approxiamately the same view as a 35mm lens on a film body. So for M8 owners this is a must have lens...and thank goodness its also "cheap".

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      Not what I expected

      Wanting a lens for my M8 that would be equivalent to a 35mm I choose this lens for its small size and legendary Leica quality.
      Unfortunately I was not overwhelmed when I opened...Read complete review

      Wanting a lens for my M8 that would be equivalent to a 35mm I choose this lens for its small size and legendary Leica quality.
      Unfortunately I was not overwhelmed when I opened the Raw files on my computer. All of them needed a significant bump in contrast and some saturation in order to make the images look the way I like it. While when I was using a rented Zeiss lens I was in awe with almost every image straight out of the camera without much need for adjustments.
      The look of an image projected by the lens is up to the photographers personal taste. Sorry to say but its not mine.

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      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Don't be fooled by the price!

      By El-Mike-O

      from Royal Oak, MI

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            Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

            This is a very inexpensive lens by Leica standards, but the quality is astonishing. One of the greatest lenses I have owned, and I have owned hundreds!

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            5.0

            Amazing little lens!

            By Panoramika

            from México

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Traveling

              Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

              This lens has blown me away, with excellent quality in everything.

              It´s a MUST if you have an M8 or M8.2, because of the crop factor.

              I did a lot of research about this ASPH version, and everybody agreed that this is the finest Elmarit version.

              It is all Leica, super well built and mega sexy.

              I love this lens and with my M8.2 has become "The One" for streetphotography.

              The things that i love are:

              A) How good it feels, soft and precise, very intuitive.
              B) Super crisp pictures, and it renders a lot of nice color.
              C) The hood has blown my mind, extremely well built. I hate hoods, and i love this one, it is always on the lens.
              D) The pouch is very exquisite as well as the metal cap (front).
              E) Fast, reliable, a must have if you are a streetphotographer.
              F) It is very light, lets you concentrate in the picture.

              I can´t say anything bad about this lens.
              I´m totally in love with this little guy.

              110% recommended.

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              5.0

              Great Performer

              By M

              from Aliso Viejo, CA

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Landscape Photography
                • Traveling

                Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                This is a great piece of Leica glass. Amazingly small and compact, awesome image quality, over all great 28!

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                (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                As great as I'd hoped

                By Rob

                from New York, NY

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Street Photography

                  Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                  I am an enthusiast - shoot B&W with my M6 almost exclusively.

                  I have tried Voitlander 28 and Zeiss 28 as well, Zeiss is great IMO, just a little bigger and heavier. This is a great feature of the Elmarit for me when I do street photography.

                  It's "sharp" edge to edge after F4 as you're aware of. It's true.

                  I find the hood to almost be a necessity on my M6?

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                  (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful images

                  By marios savva

                  from Tucson, AZ

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                    This is a great lens. Love the beautiful images that come out of it. It is very small and lightweight but it feels solid. It stays on my camera most of the time, a perfect companion.

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                    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent lens

                    By Gerhard

                    from Sydney, Australia

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                    Pros

                    • Excellent contrast
                    • Sharp
                    • Superb build quality

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                      from the few frames that I have shot, this lens gives excellent contrast & sharpness. Colour is also superb with excellent saturation.

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                      (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very good value for money

                      By Michael

                      from South Australia

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape Photography

                      Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                      Very small and light therefore being excellent for travel
                      Sharpness and depth of field are outstanding

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                      5.0

                      Great for traveling!

                      By JRV

                      from San Juan PR

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                        have always been fan Nikon, but when traveling with this super light Wide Angle 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M Aspherical Lens, picture taking was a breeze.
                        The scenic views were like being inside them!

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                        (11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Small, Lightweight and Great Results

                        By Robert

                        from Toronto

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                          One of the reasons I bought an M9 is so that I can use these Leica lenses.
                          This one is small, lightweight and I get great results from it.

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                          (12 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Not what I expected

                          By Rogier

                          from San Mateo, Ca

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                            Wanting a lens for my M8 that would be equivalent to a 35mm I choose this lens for its small size and legendary Leica quality.
                            Unfortunately I was not overwhelmed when I opened the Raw files on my computer. All of them needed a significant bump in contrast and some saturation in order to make the images look the way I like it. While when I was using a rented Zeiss lens I was in awe with almost every image straight out of the camera without much need for adjustments.
                            The look of an image projected by the lens is up to the photographers personal taste. Sorry to say but its not mine.

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                            • No

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                            (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Sharp, Great Coloring, and Compact

                            By Big_Daddy Wang

                            from Diamond Bar, CA

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                            Pros

                            • Always available
                            • Good Price Leica Lens
                            • Great Color Rendering
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable
                            • Sharp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Portraits with Background
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                              28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M is small in size, light in your pocket, and less damage on your wallet. It offers supreme sharpness edge to edge at f/4, very sharp wide open. Color rendering is great, and flare control is very nice against the sun.

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                              (25 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Get this one

                              By Nixpix

                              from Carmel, California

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable
                              • Size

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Architecture
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                                Actually superior to all other Leica M lenses in this focal length. I have rigorously tested them all and this is the one. Simpler, smaller, uniformly sharper, less ca in the corners.

                                All the 28s are great lenses, this just happens to have a bit of an edge. I can see no real need for the slightly increased speed coupled with the size and weight penalty of the others.

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                                (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Small, Compact and Excellent Quality

                                By MyDarkroom

                                from Kelowna, Canada

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Price

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Landscape Photography

                                Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                                Can be used without the external viewfinder as long as you don't use glasses. This small lens is amazing.

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                                (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                What one would expect

                                By Chip

                                from East Coast, USA

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Street Photography
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                                  This is a jewel of a lens. It is tiny, sharp and distortion free. I am using it most of the time as my primary lens for urban landscape and street photography.

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                                  • No

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                                  (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  THIS Is a Leica Lens!!!

                                  By jorge

                                  from venezuela

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accesories included
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Quality
                                  • Reliable
                                  • Size

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Home
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                                    i didn't wanted to go any wider because i didn't want to use external viewfinder on MP,M6 0.85,M7. for the money, can't get any better. the most compact lens in the current leica line. and with leica size is important. the hood works great. come with two front caps a metal one to use without the hood and a rectangular rubber to go with the hood. al this can be put on with a 39mm filter on it. perfect wide angle lens for me, won't notice any distortion and will feel very natural when using. i thought it would be an ocassional lens to use. now it's almost as much on my camera as the 50 summicron. great fun to shoot indoors. the mechanical quality is exceptional as the engravings and the general feeling of the lens. both caps and hood with rear cap and filter threaded on fit nicely in a luxurious leather case that protects it when traveling. although when our shooting i usually keep it in my pocket. it just feels that strong and robust.

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                                    5.0

                                    super sharp lens

                                    By Ahmet Sabuncu

                                    from Ankara Turkey

                                    About Me Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape Photography
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                                      I both tried for landscape and portraits photos. I am really satisfied with the results.

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                                      5.0

                                      Good things come in small package

                                      By andy

                                      from los angeles, ca

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                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Everyday use
                                        • Landscape Photography
                                        • Traveling

                                        Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                                        A really sharp lens in such a small size has always been on my wish list for the M6 and M8. Really well built all around. 6-bit coding basically doesn't do much except displaying what lens was used in the EXIF. Focusing ring is smooth throughout. Not sure if this is the same on other samples, but mine has a little play on the aperture ring on both ends (2.8 & 22)

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                                        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Unreal, simply put one of the best

                                        By ORION photo

                                        from Cape

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                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Everyday use
                                          • Photojournalism
                                          • Social Documentary
                                          • Street Work

                                          Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                                          Small, works well with M6 or M8.2 systems, sharp as a tack and good color rendition. A wonderful lens for street work or Documentary Photography.

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                                          5.0

                                          A great lens for a great camera

                                          By Kodachrome

                                          from Central Illinois

                                          About Me Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape Photography
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Traveling

                                            Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                                            I am a professional portrait / wedding photographer using Nikon's FX cameras with lots of nice glass, SB900s etc. It does the job well but I often feel a little "removed" from my passion, photography.

                                            After reading about the Leica M8 I finally went for it three weeks ago with the 28mm Elmarit as my first lens. This was my only photographic equipment for a week long vacation to the UP of Michigan and it was all I needed - or wanted! I felt a new level of creativity, involvement and control.

                                            The lens is small and light yet feels very well made and markings are very easy to read for pre-focusing. Looking at my 30" monitor the sharpness of the images is unbelievable. Nice big focus tab making focusing easy.

                                            I see wonderful opportunities in adding Leica gear to the Nikons for wedding images that will separate me from my look alike competition. Maybe even a new candid / PJ look for my HS senior work. When I retire in a couple years the cumbersome SLR gear will all go, and my light and fast Leica system will grow.

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                                            (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Sharp lens, great for walking around.

                                            By Sam

                                            from West Bloomfield, MI

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                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Everyday use
                                              • Traveling

                                              Comments about Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (6-Bit):

                                              This lens is wonderfully sharp, small and easy to carry. Fitted to an M8/8.2 it provides a great perspective. I often use only this lens for travel and street photography. The construction quality is exemplary.

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