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Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens USA

Price: $3,250.00
Instant Savings: $250.00
You Pay: $3,000.00
Product Highlights
  • Super Wide Angle
  • 6-Bit Digital Compatible

The Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M Aspherical Lens works with any Leica M-mount cameras, providing a field of view equivalent to a 24mm lens in the 35mm format when used upon the M8 digital rangefinder.

A highly refined effort to say the least, this lens takes advantage of the M system's absence of a mirror box to achieve wide angle performance which any SLR lens would need to envy.  The last element of glass (closest to the film or sensor) goes deep into the body of the M camera, and this gives the Super-Elmar-M the pinnacle of resolution and distortion correction (please note that this does increase the vignetting).

Being an 18mm focal length and f/3.8 maximum aperture, the Super-Elmar-M always provides a broad depth of field, making it a practical tool for speedy close-up snapshots as well as for sweeping architectural and landscape vistas.  Even shooting wide open it can give uniform sharpness from ~4' to infinity, and stopping down the aperture only further increases this capacity.  Upon analogue Leica cameras the 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M provides a 90° horizontal viewing angle, and with the M8 you'll get a 74° horizontal view.

Extremely compact and light specifications for a wide angle lens
Sophisticated 8-element lens formula with aspherical element
Broad depth of field at every aperture
Just 1.8% of maximum distortion; practically undetectable to the human eye
Dedicated hood, with cutout to minimize viewfinder obstruction
Optional E77 filter accessory
Optional M8 UV/IVR filter to placed between hood and lens when using the M8 camera
Optionally-available 18mm viewfinder in black or silver
Lens mount's rear has 6-bit code allowing digital M-series cameras to identify lens and its characteristics
Filter Size 77mm (only with dedicated hood)
f/Stop Range f/3.8-16.0
Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' (70cm)
Magnification 1:35
Angle of View 90° x 67° (horizontal x vertical) with 35mm cameras
74° x 53° (horizontal x vertical) with Leica M8
Groups/Elements 7/8
Length 2.3" (58mm)
Maximum Diameter 2.4" (61mm)
Weight 0.84 lb (310g)
Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens
  • Rear Lens Cap for M-Lenses
  • Lens Hood Cap
  • Leather Lens Case
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • 3-Year Passport Warranty
  • Filters & Filter Kits

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    Heliopan -  77mm UV Haze SH-PMC Filter
    • You Pay: $149.02

    lens Adapters

    Vello -  Lens Mount Adapter - Leica M Lens to Micro 4/3 Camera
    • You Pay: $49.95

    Hoods & Covers

    Leica -  Lens Hood ONLY for the 18mm f/3.8 Aspheric Super-Elmar-M Lens
    • You Pay: $99.95
    Usually ships in 7-14 business days i Estimated arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days. An authorization for this product will be processed upon placing the order. You will be charged for this item at the time of Shipment.

    Viewfinder Accessories

    Leica -  Brightline Finder M-18 for 18mm M Lenses (Black)
    • You Pay: $749.00

    Cases & Wraps

    LensCoat -  LensPouch, Extra Small (Black)
    • You Pay: $15.99

    Care & Cleaning

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    Pearstone -  Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 18% Gray (7 x 7.9")
    • You Pay: $4.99
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