Leica Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH. Lens

Leica Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH. Lens

Leica Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH. Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/3.8 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Anomalous Partial Dispersion Glass
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 2.3'
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Distinguished by its sleek form factor, the Leica Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH. is a versatile wide-angle prime designed for M-mount rangefinder cameras. Helping to realize its compact size, one aspherical element is featured in the optical design, which also works to suppress spherical aberrations and correct distortion for sharper, clearer imagery. Anomalous partial dispersion glass is also used to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for improved clarity and color accuracy throughout the aperture range. The lens also has a manual focus design and permits working with subjects as close as 2.3' away.

Wide-angle prime features one aspherical element to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion for improved sharpness throughout the aperture range.
Anomalous partial dispersion glass helps reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for improved clarity and color accuracy.
Aspherical element also contributes a compact design measuring 2.1 x 1.6".
Manual focus design affords a minimum focusing distance of 2.3'.
The front of the lens has 46mm-diameter threads to accept optional filters and the lens is male threaded to accept the included lens hood.
UPC: 799429116484
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Focal Length 24mm
Maximum Aperture f/16
Minimum Aperture f/3.8
Camera Mount Type Leica M
Angle of View 84°
Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' / 70 cm
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:25.6
Optical Design 8 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified by Manufacturer
Filter Thread 46mm
Dimensions : 2.1 x L: 1.6" / : 53.0 x L: 40.6 mm
Weight 9.2 oz / 260 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.9 x 4.7 x 4.7"
Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH. Lens is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Fault It Great size, nice even weight to it, wonderful build quality, edge to edge perfection, micro contrast top notch. Unless you need speed for your photography at 24mm (not really as strong a pre-requisite at this focal length) this is an investment you won't regret. The 3.8f also makes you think more about your photography, in the sense of street and people. It'll make you think about the whole image rather than a fast lens which is all about isolating the subject or low light shooting.
Date published: 2014-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leica quality all the way Id rather have a small slow sharp lens than a big fast sharp one. This one is excellent, even wide open at 3.8. I use it mostly on the M Monochrom, also on the M9, and like it better than the 18mm Super Elmar because of its size. I also have the 21 Elmarit, 28 Elmarit and 35 Summilux. The only one thats sharper is the 35 Summi, but all these lenses are so good that my main reason for preferring it is size and angle of view. Very good on the street.
Date published: 2013-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very high quality lens I find this lens to be ideal for travel photography. There is no evidence of chromatic aberration or flare, even when shooting directly against the sun. Images captured with this lens are very sharp and the color rendition is very accurate. The lens construction is superb and the lens is shipped with a high quality lens shade.
Date published: 2010-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Performance The inconvenience of using an external finder is more than offset by absolutely stellar optical performance, edge to edge. This lens has a smooth, solid, compact build and an excellently designed metal lens hood. HIghly recommended.
Date published: 2011-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All I need Its a new Leica Lens, so we are talking the top 1% to start. Perfect. It came in a really nice black leather case. The metal lens hood is solid and makes the lens seem even better. I didn't get to hold this lens before I purchased it. I was surprised how small and light it is. I've taken 5 rolls of film both color and B/W on my M6. I don't have the viewfinder yet. The 28mm lines on my M6 work but kinda don't work. I know that sounds fishy but its true. It will work for sure but you won't get a clear idea of framing. I'm about 50/50 on spending the 750 on the leica 24mm viewfinder. Your photography and your wallet will guide you in this decision. As for the performance, amazing. No distortion and DOF is amazing at F5. Unless you have a high ISO this lens will be a great daytime lens but as evening approaches you will struggle. I can shoot my M6 handheld at 1/30 but any slower gets blurry. I don't get all teched out with lens performance but the shots I got are great. Contrast is great on B/W and color is spot on as well. I don't ever plan to sell this lens and I so happy I bought it. Thanks BH for being awesome as always.
Date published: 2016-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Surprised I took the 24mm/3.8 Elmar to Glacier Bay, Alaska, as my main lens on M9. I took various other focal lengths as back up, however, the 24 Elmar stayed on the entire trip. On the ship, helicopter, or dog sledding performed flawlessly.
Date published: 2016-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful IQ and Rich Contrast In my experience, this lens produces beautifully rich contrast and tack sharp images. Stopped down to 5.6 it's nearly perfect to the naked eye. No evidence of significant aberration or distortion at 5.6 or higher, even in high contrast sunlit environments. For my money, this little lens produces comparable (if not better) overall image quality than it's big brother, the faster, heavier, and more expensive 24mm Summilux. I enjoy using this lens for random landscape hand-helds while traveling. It helps to have the shoe-mount 24mm optical viewfinder for composition. It's a light, compact lens...perfect for traveling. Maxing out at f/3.8 somewhat limits its low-light usage, but that's a fair tradeoff for it's portability. Indoors? Bang up the ISO a little or drop a flash on and keep firing. And, even though f/3.8 won't get you the paper thin DOF the Lux brings you...the bokeh produced by this lens is typical Leica gorgeous. Subjects get gently pulled out of that rich, smooth background. Vignetting wide open at 3.8 is nearly impossible to detect, and easily correctible in post. I've used this lens mostly on the M240, and a little bit with the M-E. On both cameras its performance was predictable and stable. Simply put: This lens rewards the photographer who has a good eye.
Date published: 2014-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from small lens slams other 24mm. lenses insanely sharp and beautiful contrast. small enough to take everywhere.
Date published: 2012-12-28
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