Leica has added a third zoom to its ever-growing SL system, with the Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH. Designed to cover the wide end of Leica's zoom lineup, this 16-35mm is ideal for landscape, architecture, and group-portrait applications due to its super wide-angle to general wide coverage. Complementing the versatile focal-length range is an impressive optical design that includes two aspherical elements and three elements made from anomalous partial dispersion glass. Together, these specialized optics help to greatly reduce spherical and chromatic aberrations to realize notable sharpness and color accuracy. Additionally, multi-layered coatings have been added to individual elements to suppress flare and ghosting for greater contrast when working in bright and backlit conditions.
Like other SL lenses for Leica's full-frame mirrorless camera, this lens uses a stepping motor to deliver fast, smooth, and especially quiet autofocus performance to suit stills and video applications. An internal focusing design is also used to quicken focusing and to keep the overall length of the lens consistent during use. Also, like other SL lenses, this 16-35mm is dust- and moisture resistant for use in trying environmental conditions and features a water-repellent AquaDura coating on the exposed elements.
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