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Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH Lens

BH #LE5513535 • MFR #11083
Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH Lens
Key Features
  • L-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 80-200mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-4.5 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element
For Leica L users who want a far-reaching telephoto perspective comes the APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH Lens from Leica with an 80-200mm equivalent focal length. The lens features an aperture range of f/3.5-4.5 to f/16 as well as an aspherical element to keep the lens design compact. The element also controls distortion and reduces the impact of aberrations. Additionally, the lens has an autofocus motor, which can be overridden for when manual focus is desired.
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Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f/3.5-4.5 AS... Overview

For Leica L users who want a far-reaching telephoto perspective comes the APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH Lens from Leica with an 80-200mm equivalent focal length. The lens features an aperture range of f/3.5-4.5 to f/16 as well as an aspherical element to keep the lens design compact. The element also controls distortion and reduces the impact of aberrations. Additionally, the lens has an autofocus motor, which can be overridden for when manual focus is desired.

The metal lens barrel has a black anodized finish for a durable, stylish construction, and the 55-135mm offers a minimum focus distance of 3.3'. Additionally, the lens comes with a hood and can accept 60mm filters.

Electronically controlled aperture and focusing
Focusing range of 3.3' to infinity
Filter mount does not rotate
Optical design with 12 elements in 10 groups
One aspherical element for maintaining a compact size and controlling aberrations
Black anodized finish
UPC: 799429110833

Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f/3.5-4.5 AS... Specs

Focal Length55 to 135mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 80 to 200mm)
Maximum Aperturef/3.5 to 4.5
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountLeica L
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View28° to 12°
Minimum Focus Distance3.28' / 1 m
Maximum Magnification0.12x
Optical Design12 Elements in 10 Groups
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size60 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.68 x 4.33" / 68 x 110 mm
Weight17.64 oz / 500 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.8 x 5.15 x 5.15"

Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f/3.5-4.5 AS... Reviews

Thumbs up!

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-30

Crisp focus with traditional Leica look. I use it on my CL, which is quickly replacing my SL2 as a go-to camera. As always, B&H made the purchase easy and fast.

Amazing on the CL, great on the SL2 too

By Roger
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-14

Bought this from B&H for my Leica CL and absolutely loved the combination! Great quality, and plenty of pixels for cropping if necessary. On the SL2 also great but feels a bit too small once I got used to some full-frame lenses. Photos from the CL....

Great tele lens

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-01

Clear sharp images with typical Leica color. Gets u close when your feet cannot. I bought it to compliment the 18-56 vario lens that came with the camera. Highly recommend

So sharp, so light, so versatile!

By Leslie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-03

I LOVE this mini tele! It’s sharp, offers great contrast and resolution, and is a joy to use with my CL. Not only can I handhold the equivalent of a 200mm telephoto without any shake but, just as important, after a long stretch, without getting tired. I used it to capture the birds gathering at my feeder over the weekend, and really enjoyed using the sensitive manual focus (which is infrared-assisted on the CL). (As an aside, the CL is a bit slow for real nature photography, but that’s not why I bought it.) Highly recommend!

Needs OIS

By Wayne
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-14

The lens handles great on the CL. Image quality is excellent at low ISO and high shutter speed. However, when shooting birds in shady light, for example, I have to either crank up the ISO and accept worse IQ or accept camera shake at lower speeds. Also, it is not quite long enough for my needs. I am thinking of trying the new Panasonic L mount 70-200, which has OIS, in place of this lens, and provides the equivalent of 100-300 on the CL.

Great little zoom lens

By Rachel S.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-20

A light weight and compact zoom lens which goes beautifully hand in hand with my TL2. Sharp images and works wonderfully.

Leica quality in every way!

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-03

This lens is a 'must have' if you want telephoto capabilities in the TL/CL system. Much better than any adapted combination I've seen, including Leica's own R lenses. It is an Apo lens so there is no color fringing and the image has that distinctive Leica 'pop'. Center sharpness is incredible and just stopping down by 1/2 or 1 stop sharpens up the whole frame. Image quality is typical Leica with great micro-contrast and color. It is small and light weight for an 80-200 ( 35mm equiv.) and is built with the quality one comes to expect from Leica. And it's a 'steal' at this price.

Ready for Scotland!

By Linda
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-03

I wanted a tele lens that would travel well, not too heavy and not too big, and this is perfect. I’ll be hiking the highlands of Scotland and I can’t think of a better lens to play with. The ordering was so easy and shipping was fast fast fast! I love that Bh has a large variety to choose from. Thanks!!

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Date published: 2019-05-17

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Does the from element move in and out when zooming?
Asked by: Ross J.
Yes. I have this lens. The front element moves out approximately 1-3/4 inches when the zoom goes from 55mm to 135mm.
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Date published: 2021-08-19

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Asked by: James O.
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Answered by: James O.
Date published: 2021-09-13

Is the hood for this lens metal or plastic?

Is the hood for this lens metal or plastic?
Asked by: James O.
It is plastic.
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2021-09-02

Is this lens made in Germany or Japan?

Is this lens made in Germany or Japan?
Asked by: James O.
Japan
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2021-09-01

Does this lens mate with SL camera?

Does this lens mate with SL camera?
Asked by: ROBERT
Absolutely! Any L mount lens will mount on the SL series cameras. The T series L mount lenses are designed for the APS-C sensor format so when mounted on the full frame sensor SL cameras, the sensor will automatically crop down to APS-C format vs. utilizing the full frame sensor. It will still produce an excellent image.
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Date published: 2021-11-23

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Is there any adapters to use this leica t lenses on sony Alpha cameras?
Asked by: Marius V.
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Answered by: Nezam A.
Date published: 2018-08-25

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Date published: 2020-09-22
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