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

BH #LET1856 • MFR #11080
Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Lens
Key Features
  • Leica T Mount
  • 27-84mm (35mm-Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/16
  • 4 Aspherical Surfaces
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.
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Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. Overview

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

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

Focal Length18 to 56mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 27 to 84mm)
Maximum Aperturef/3.5 to 5.6
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountLeica L
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View75° to 28°
Minimum Focus Distance1' / 0.3 m
Maximum Magnification0.13x
Optical Design10 Elements in 7 Groups
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size52 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.5 x 2.4" / 6.35 x 6.1 cm
Length at Maximum Extension3.14" / 79.85 mm
Weight9 oz / 255 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.268 x 5.197 x 5.118"

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

Versatile All Around Lens

By Darcy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-08

A small compact lens with a1.5 crop is 27mm to 83mm which covers almost perfect shooting range for most picture taking situations. The compact lite weight lens pairs well the Leica CL. When paired with the CL you have a system the size of a point and shoot camera, with the resolution and color rendition that rivals a full frame Leica system.

Ultimate travel zoom lens

By Geoffrey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-17

Great IQ. Of course it isn't great in low light - f/3.5 at best, mostly higher. But it weighs so little, is so compact, and takes the best outdoor photos of any standard zoom I've used. Not a jack of all trades lens, but rather, an excellent specialist.

Excellent lens

By Vadim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-21

This lens is very sharp, produces true Leica colors and has good aberration control. Very light, feels very balanced on both TL and CL camera bodies, excellent all around lens. I also love my 35Lux but it’s heavy and feels like it doesn’t belong on TL/CL, so I use this lens a lot more then Lux. This is probably the best kit lens I have ever used and I did use some excellent LUMIX and Olympus 4/3 and m4/3 glass before.

great lens

By Frank
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-19

i love this lens its got everything i need in focal lengths to speed

Incredibly sharp

By Attila
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-02-02

This is a very sharp and compact lens, maybe the best one for travel, but only works well in good light conditions. In low light AF is poor.

Sharp images

By Judgeedward Ricky R.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-07-15

I like the response that I get from this lens. I use it to take candid photography. And street photography. Great for landscapes also.

An amateurs review.

By Robert
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-06

I recently purchased this vario with my CL, and as a rule I use it on Auto Focus......and it's fine in good light, but yesterday I shot a wedding held in a dimly illuminated park gazebo, and found it acted very slowly in focusing, and many of my photos were rather dim. Perhaps I was expecting too much in trying to capture the 'Moment', but very surpised with the out of focus & dim results.

Great Lens

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-12

Excellent clarity. Soon to be my go to lens for my TL2.

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Asked by: David
Yes, it is completely compatible with the SL2. Because it is an APS-C format lens the sensor will crop down to APS-C format and will not utilize the full frame sensor. Images are still outstanding even in cropped mode. Also you do not need an adapter as indicated below by the retailer.
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Who makes this lens for Leica?

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Yes, The 1.3X and 1.7X Digital zoom is an execute process by the camera regardless of the lens. If you are shooting in JPEG files you will see the magnification directly on the camera. If you are shooting DNG data files you can access the zoom-in photos on lightroom or any other editing software compatible with Leica DNG files. Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Lens is fully compatible with Leica CL Mirrorless Digital Camera.
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Date published: 2021-09-19

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can i adapt this lense to a panasonic GH2?
Asked by: Anonymous
Unfortunately, B&H does not carry an adapter that could mount a Leica T-mount lens onto a Panasonic Micro Four Thirds body, nor am I aware of one on the market.
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Asked by: fabio
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Date published: 2019-08-27

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