Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Lens

Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Lens

Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Leica T Mount
  • 27-84mm (35mm-Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/16
  • 4 Aspherical Surfaces
  • 10 Elements in 7 Groups
  • Autofocus with Manual Override
  • Filter Thread Size: 52mm
  • Lens Hood Included
  • Lens Caps and Pouch Included
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Leica 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 overview

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The Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Lens from Leica is a zoom lens that offers a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 27-84mm. It has a variable maximum aperture of f/3.5 to f/5.6, and a minimum aperture of f/16. There are ten elements in seven groups with four aspherical surfaces. Front and rear lens caps as well as a pouch are all included to help protect your lens.

Manual override is possible when in AF Mode
The lens accepts 52mm threaded filters, and the filters do not rotate when zooming the lens
Bayonet lens hood included
Black anodized finish
UPC: 799429110802
In the Box
Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Lens
  • Lens Hood
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Pouch
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Leica 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 specs

    Focal Length 18 - 56mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 - 84 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/16
    Format Compatibility APS-C
    Angle of View 75° - 28°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1' / .30 m
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7.5
    Optical Design 10 Elements in 7 Groups
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread Front: 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.5 x 2.4" / 6.35 x 6.10 cm
    Weight 9 oz / 255 g
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    Package Weight 1.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.268 x 5.197 x 5.118"

    Leica 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 reviews

    Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Lens is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great lens had to return it I bought this lens to use with my Leica SL. The lens needed a firmware update to work with the SL. The firmware update can only be applied with the lens attached to a Leica T; NOT and SL. I do not have a Leica T. I have no interest in buying a T simply to be able to update the firmware. I can ship the lens to Leica so they can apply the firmware update, but that's pretty silly. So, I returned the lens to B&H. Leica should warn prospective purchasers that if they intend to use a T lens with an SL, and if the T lens needs a firmware update, you'd better have a T to go along with your SL.
    Date published: 2016-04-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good lens, not blown away With the Lecia T I use this lens, the 35 T, and the 50 M Summilux. This Vario 18-56 is the one I go to the least. It's a quality lens and in good light the results are very good. It's a nice lens for travel photography if you don't want to bring much with you and want versatility. That said, I'm disappointed with the low light performance. I pretty much only use this lens outside in good light. It requires too high of an ISO or too slow of shutter speed to get great exposure inside and in lower light. In some ways this should be no surprise with a f/3.5-5.6 lens, but honestly was hoping for a bit more. I'm glad I have it, and it's in my bag. When traveling and sightseeing its very versatile. Though at family events and when I want to catch people I find Im always happier with the other two lenses I mentioned.
    Date published: 2015-09-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! Why not? It does the job just right. Of course I have it on my new Leica CL. It is not as fast as the M lenses on my M240, which are all� F1 .4.� Those of course are fixed focus lenses,� and this is a zoom lens. F3 .5 to F 5.6 is not exactly fast, but again this is a zoom lens. I do all of my photography outdoors in West Africa where it wouldn't matter if the lens was F10.0,� it would still be plenty fast enough. My subjects are always moving, so just like in sports photography I like to have the shutter speed up, and the aperture fairly high as well, but with a digital camera and fully adjustable ISO this is not a problem at all. It is beautifully made just as I am used to. It is everything a Leica lens promises to be. It certainly seems plenty sharp to me, although the only way I have of measuring is comparing it to other images that I've taken in the past with other lenses. The next time I have an extra bunch of bucks to spend I will by its companion 11-23 mm. lens.
    Date published: 2018-02-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Glass Glass quality on this lens is great. While a little slow, the ability of the Leica T to take great photos at 2,500 compensates. Took some great photos on NYC subway platform which at 8x11 looked great with little grain.
    Date published: 2014-08-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not German, but great optics, light weight, compact lens. Not German, but great optics, light weight, compact lens.I opened the box and was a bit disappointed, did not feel like the old Summicron -R Leitz Leica Flex lenes we have, but the pictures come out great,...
    Date published: 2016-09-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp images I like the response that I get from this lens. I use it to take candid photography. And street photography. Great for landscapes also.
    Date published: 2018-07-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leica - T Zoom very easy to use and VERY sharp
    Date published: 2014-08-25
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    Leica 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 Q&A

    Leica 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Leica CL
    • Leica SL (Typ 601)
    • Leica T
    • Leica TL
    • Leica TL2
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