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Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens - Black USA

You Pay: $7,650.00
Product Highlights
  • Super Wide Angle
  • 6-Bit, Digital Compatible

The Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M Aspherical Lens is a super-wide angle lens designed for high-speed performance. Its bright f/1.4 aperture allows for an extremely shallow depth of field (DOF), and at a medium f/stop, the focal range is so great that entire scenes can be reproduced sharply. Because of its floating element design, the very high resolution is retained even in the close-up range.

The lens makes highly dramatic effects possible, like monumental foregrounds, strongly receding backgrounds and a wide horizon. With this lens, focusing and metering are performed by looking through the camera's viewfinder, while the actual framing is checked with an accessory viewfinder that mounts in the camera's hot-shoe.

This lens features "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).

Compact wide-angle lens with 2 aspherical elements provide excellent optical performance
Includes "6-bit code" which allows digital M-series cameras to identify which lens is being used, and also to store this information in image metadata
Filter Size Series 8 filters in lens hood
f/Stop Range 1.4-16
Minimum Focus Distance Not Specified by Manufacturer
Magnification 1:29
Angle of View 92°
Groups/Elements 8/10
Length 2.6" (66mm)
Maximum Diameter 2.7" (70mm)
Weight 1.3 lb (580g)
Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens - Black
  • Rear Lens Cap for M-Lenses
  • Lens Hood (Screw-On)
  • Lens Hood Cap for the 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M Aspherical Lens
  • Leather Lens Case
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • 3-Year Passport Warranty
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    Leica21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens - Black
     
    5.0

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    5.0

    Superb!

    By JimBob

    from Portland, Oregon

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens - Black:

      The 21 mm 1.r. is carried in my bag at all times for low-light photography along with the 50 mm .95. Both are outstanding. Amazing performance is available both indoors and out. Outrageously expensive, but not regrets. Bit heavy, but the quality of this lens is superb! No regrets. Save the money if you're a Leica fiend. You won't regret spending the dough. Taken superb photos of with this camera of the ocean at dusk and well after, camp fires. Taken pictures of Santa Clause in very low-light situations and babies crawling in suitcases of toys very low-light situations at Santa's feet. Will work in churches, synagogues, mosques, and even inside caves with a little light. Highly recommended.

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      5.0

      Georgeuos lens optically!!

      By Daryl

      from Ventura, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Optically excellent

      Cons

      • Horrible Filter Use

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Strong Wa Composition
      • Strong Wa Compostion

      Comments about Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens - Black:

      I gave this lens 5 stars, optically it deserves it, this lens performs beautifully and balances nicely on any M body. It is sligtly heavier than most Leica lenses but small for a FF 21mm. Unfortunately Leica has handicapped this lens with regard to filters. The lens hood takes Series 8 filters, a drop-in filter that doesn't need threading but is otherwise a poor choice. Series 8 is difficult to find, except for uv/nd/pol. The solution according to Leica is an adapter that takes 82mm filters. Availability is greater than Series 8 but not readily available.The hood no longer works with the adapter in place subjecting the image to greater flare. Btw- the 82mm adapter can take 77mm filters without vignetting using a step down ring. Unfortunately filter use is only done with great difficulty and extra care is needed for the slightly protruding lens. So, why did I write so much about the filters and then rate the lens five stars? The lens is a phenomenal performer and well worth the extra effort.

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      5.0

      Unmatched quality

      By Dennis

      from Colorado

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Exceptional image quality
      • glass quality
      • Leica brand and support
      • Low Light Photography
      • Total build quality

      Cons

      • Maybe the price

      Best Uses

      • Architecture
      • Indoors
      • landscape

      Comments about Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens - Black:

      I'm fairly new to photoghraphy, but I like to spoil myself with good gear. I bought the M9 and just love everything about that camera. This lens is an absolute beauty. The best color rendition, crystal clear corner to corner. Vignetting is heavy from wide open to around f4 and then disappears completely at around f5.6 from what I can tell so far. I'm still learning where that cut-off is for the heavy vignetting. The build quality is second to none. Focus ring is a bit tight and requires a deliberate touch but I like that quality. I am continually awed by the quality of the images when I get back to the computer. Very sharp throughout all f-stops. If this fits your budget you won't be dissapointed. This is the best super wide angle I have ever used.

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