A unique lens within the Leica lens line-up, the APO-Telyt-M 135mm f/3.4 is a telephoto prime characterized by both its long focal length and apochromatic design. The telephoto design delivers an attractive visual compression that pairs well with a sophisticated optical layout that minimizes distortion and light fall-off for clean and accurate reproductions. As an apochromat, virtually all color fringing and chromatic aberrations have also been eliminated for a high degree of clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
- Leica M-Mount Lens
- Aperture Range: f/3.4 to f/22
- Apochromatic Design
- Manual Focus Design
Leica APO-Telyt-M 135mm f/3.4 Overview
Leica APO-Telyt-M 135mm f/3.4 Specs
|Lens Mount||Leica M|
|Angle of View||18°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||4.9' / 1.5 m|
|Macro Reproduction Ratio||1:9|
|Optical Design||5 Elements in 4 Groups|
|Focus Type||Manual Focus|
|Filter Size||49 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.3 x 4.1" / 58.5 x 104.7 mm|
|Weight||15.9 oz / 450 g|
|Package Weight||1.575 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||7.3 x 4.7 x 4.6"|
Leica APO-Telyt-M 135mm f/3.4 Reviews
This 135 mm was purchased a few days ago and I have been shooting it on a Leica M11 for a few days and absolutely enjoyed the experience. Some reviews say it is hard to focus, I disagree. The M cameras require a specific skill level and once you practice the range finder focusing system, the 135 mm F/3.4 is a pleasure to work with. The image needs little post processing if the image is captured correctly. The focus is fast. The lens exceedingly sharp. I had a hard time with the price until I used the lens.....it is expensive, but worth the money if you want to use the M camera to its true potential. The boat image is 100% cropped from the 135mm at F/11 1/500th ISO 64.
1 year update
I continue to love the way this lens produces images on my M10. I use a Visoflex with focus magnification and peaking turned on and with a steady hand rarely miss a shot. The compression of foreground and background that this long lens affords gives me a quality I can't get with my 50mm or 35mm.
I use this lens with an M, Type 262, meaning no Live View/EVF option. Purchased the lens used from B&H, but in Like New condition. Had just been purchased new by someone else and shortly thereafter returned. The lens was not quite “right” with the rangefinder of my camera, and 135mm is stretching the limits of the .68 rangefinder, so I sent the lens and camera both to Don Goldberg (DAG). He calibrated the lens to the camera. I did not want him messing with the rangefinder in the camera as it already works well with the rest of my lenses so he adjusted the 135mm Telyt to work accurately with the camera. Since receiving the setup back I have thoroughly tested it and the lens is tack sharp at any aperture and/or distance at which I want to shoot anything. Moral of this review is, if you want to buy this lens, by all means do so, but to really get the best out of it, make sure it is set up for your specific camera, which may mean having to do what I did.
Such a solid little lens. So far so good with image capture. Yes I wish it were a 1.4 like my 50mm Summilux but you can't have it all. I use this on my M10 with a Visoflex so focus is easy. Unfortunately adding a circular polarizer will render the built in lens shade unusable but I will add one by Thorsten Von Overgard as I have with my 50mm and my 28mm on my Q.
Super telephoto lens
This is a wonderfully sharp and clear lens. It is relatively small compared to most lenses of this focal length. Focusing with the rangefinder alone will yield consistently disappointing results. Use of an EVF with this lens is highly recommended. In addition, when shooting hand-held, higher shutter speeds are suggested (at least 1/500, if the light permits). I compared this lens head-to-head (same f-stops, etc.) with the well-reviewed Zeiss 135mm f/2.0 APO Sonnar using the same camera body (Leica M240). I was surprised that the Leica APO Telyt was consistently and noticeably sharper, and also had better contrast/acuity and color. I sent the huge Zeiss lens back and kept the much smaller Leica lens. The 135mm APO Telyt lens is a sleeper and a gem. It's one lens of the few lenses I would not part with for my M, and is in the same company as a 50mm asph Summilux, a 75mm Summarit, a 28mm asph Elmarit, and a late version of the 180mm APO Telyt 3.4.
Telephoto 135mm f/3.4 APO Telyt M lens
Great lens, crisp, not to hard to focus with EVF. Have not tried it in mountains as I have planed yet but works well so far for a prime that is needed at this length. Keep in mind that the minimal focus distance 5' which is not a problem depending on what one wants. One must also be aware that it is an f/3.4 so a tripod may be needed in low light. It does what it is suppose to do. Light, small in comparison with many telephotos anywhere close to approaching this quality. Love it, and very anxious to hike in some mountains with a lens that is fantastic, and lighter than a pizza oven.
The rendering of strong colors sharply is satisfying
I love this lens
I have this lens since the film days. Today I use it on an Olympus Pen F with great results. On the M43 is a wonderful, tiny, almost 300mm equivalent. Very, very sharp with beautiful color rendition.
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