Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. Lens

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. Lens

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. Lens

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Product Highlights

  • L Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Four Aspherical Elements
  • 11 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • AquaDura Coating on Outer Elements
  • Stepping AF Motor and Linear Positioning
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus, Non-Rotating Filter Ring
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Design
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Leica 24-90mm f/2.8-4.0 overview

  • 1Description

Offering a versatile wide-angle to portrait-length range, the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. is a fast standard zoom from Leica designed for full-frame L mount mirrorless cameras. The 18 elements in 15 groups lens construction incorporates four aspherical elements and 11 anomalous partial dispersion elements, which help to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range for notable image sharpness and clarity. The f/2.8-4 maximum aperture benefits working in a variety of lighting conditions and also offers greater control over focus position for working with shallow depth of field techniques. Designed for consistent performance at all focal lengths and focusing distances, the versatility this lens affords is well-suited to nearly any photographic application.

Complementing the imaging performance is an apt 3.5-stop effective Optical Image Stabilization system that minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting in difficult lighting conditions. A silent and precise autofocus motor also benefits both stills and video capture, and utilizes an internal focusing mechanism to quicken overall performance. This focusing design also prevents the front 82mm filter ring from rotating during use to better enable the use of circular polarizing or graduated filters. Additionally, this lens features Leica's AquaDura hydrophobic coating on the front and rear elements, to guard against moisture and smudging, and a fully dust and water-sealed design to protect the lens during use in inclement environments.

Wide-angle to portrait-length 24-90mm L mount zoom is designed for use on full-frame mirrorless cameras, and can also be used on APS-C-sized models where it will provide a 36-135mm equivalent focal length range.
The f/2.8-4 maximum aperture is ideal for working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers increased control over focus position for selective focus applications.
Four aspherical elements and 11 anomalous partial dispersion glass elements reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range and increase image sharpness and clarity.
A multiple-axis Optical Image Stabilization system compensates for up to 3.5 stops of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting with slower shutter speeds.
A stepping motor with linear positioning offers smooth, silent, and precise autofocus performance for focusing as closely as 11.8" at the 24mm focal length position, or as closely as 17.7" at the 90mm focal length position. Only a single lightweight element is moved during focusing for quickened speeds.
The water-repellent AquaDura coating has been applied to the front and rear optical surfaces to protect against moisture and other elements.
Weather-sealed design protects against dust and moisture to benefit working in trying shooting conditions.
Internal focusing design prevents the front filter ring from rotating during operation to better enable working with circular polarizers, graduated ND filter, or other types of filters dependent on a specific orientation.
UPC: 799429111762
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Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Leica 24-90mm f/2.8-4.0 specs

    Focal Length 24 - 90mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8 - 4
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Leica L
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 82.4° - 27.8°
    Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" / 30 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.8
    Optical Design 18 Elements in 15 Groups
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 82 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.46 x 5.43" / 88 x 138 mm
    Weight 2.51 lb / 1140 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.5 x 6.7 x 6.6"

    Leica 24-90mm f/2.8-4.0 reviews

    Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every bit as good as Leica's Prime Lenses I compared this lens to my Leica 28mm f2.0 Summicron Asph, 50mm 1.4 Summilux Asph, and 90mm Elmarit 2.8 and at each focal length this lens performed just as good if not just a tad better in sharpness. The built in OIS allows me to shoot at 90mm handheld down to 1/30th a second and still get a sharp image...this is something I could not do on my Leica M240 with the 90mm Elmarit. Fantastic built quality and being weatherproof I don't need to stop shooting when the weather acts up.
    Date published: 2016-07-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superb optic, new tech has limitations This is the first optics in it's class that is the equal of primes, the OIS allows it to surpass primes for handheld shooting in less than optimal conditions. Tripod use still gets every ounce of quality from this lens and that surpasses handheld shooting with OIS. The focus is electronic, and that's ok for most shooting, however for tripod use it is rather difficult to put focus on a specific distance and the distance setting is not easily repeatable once moved. This should be a feature Leica improves with firmware but I'm not sure they will. Pricy and large, Leica wanted image quality above all else and they have achieved this.
    Date published: 2018-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile and almost a prime This zoom lens redefines what a zoom lens should be. It's as good as any non Leica prime and almost as good as a Leica prime. You could get away with just taking a Leica SL and this zoom overseas on a holiday and you wouldn't miss a shot. Superb!
    Date published: 2016-10-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Lens I had this lens since it was first released. It surpasses all of my expectation. There's only one caveat that's trying to focus on the dark object but I think it's the camera issue because SL is contrast focus system. Other than that, thumb up all the way !
    Date published: 2016-12-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A zoom lens that delivers As it is the only SL mount lens right now, there is no comparison: it is the best zoom lens from Leica at the moment. While I don't want to compare it to S lenses, I believe the performance of this lens is extraordinary. It is relatively slow (2.8 - 4.0), but it is sharp as a tack. Coupled with the SL OIS, it performs comfortably at 1/50 or slower shutter speeds, hand held. It is huge, but built like a tank.
    Date published: 2016-03-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens It is an excellent lens for the Leica SL. Extremely sharp and fast focusing.
    Date published: 2016-08-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect pair to Leica SL camera Magnificent German Optics. Excellent resolution, fast and accurate focus, strong construction. Yes, it is heavy, but in this case heaviness means Quality.
    Date published: 2016-04-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from beautiful optics, frustrating for video Shooting a short film on this lens in all sorts of situations, I developed a love of the way this lens looks on screen, but it's apparent that it was designed with only photographers in mind. The SL's focus tracking was and touch screen focus selection became the way I pulled focus, which was difficult to adapt to always be tapping the back of the camera and sometimes waiting for it to search through its whole focal range. The electronic focus by wire system made it difficult and unpredictable to do long focus pulls, as the rate at which you turn the ring changes the focus by a changing ratio which was frustrating. As you zoom in, the front element of the lens extends, so no matt boxes. shooting into the sun made for a nice pointed star flare, not much ghosting, very good internal coatings and light traps. Very low distortion, very low aberration. A beautiful lens for the SL that might frustrate you in a traditional film production application.
    Date published: 2017-05-29
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    Leica 24-90mm f/2.8-4.0 accessories

    Designed for use with:

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