Leica 24mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M Lens

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Exceptional Contrast and Detail Rendering

A special lens design which employs an aspherical lens exterior, providing this compact lens with exceptional contrast and detail rendering even at the widest aperture. A brilliant accessory viewfinder is required to check the field of view, while the focus and exposure meter are carried out through the camera's viewfinder. A high-performance lens that also makes it feasible to shoot efficiently in tight quarters. The lens adds a greater dynamic sentiment to close-up photos and it provides landscape photo with significantly more depth

Leica lens new updated "6-bit" coding

Leica 24mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M Aspherical Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens

This Leica lens features the new updated "6-bit" coding, that allows the M digital camera to optically read this information and then identify the lens being mounted. Optionally the M camera can then apply a software based "last stage" vignetting adjustment (for images captured in RAW, the lens mounted is simply recorded, with no changes made).  Read more. May 10, 2011 ✓


Includes "6-bit code" which allows the digital M8 camera to identify which lens is being used, and also to store this information in image metadata

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Lens stylePrime lens
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length24 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Leica M  
Angle of view 84 Degrees  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F2.8  
Smallest aperture opening F16.0  
Includes aperture ring Yes  
Aperture annotations with clickstops (including half values), manual diaphragm  
Total Elements 7  
Number of Groups 5  
Coatings / special elements 1 aspherical element  
Minimum focus distance 0.70 m (27.56")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.038 x  
Autofocus type No  
Full time manual focus Unknown  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical features
Overall weight290 g (0.64 lb)  
Lens diameter 58 mm (2.28")  
Overall length 45 mm (1.77")  
Construction materials metal barrel, metal mount  
class="label">Lens Colorblack anodized or silver chrome finish  
Filter thread size 55 mm  
Lens hood included Yes  
Tripod collar included No  
Notes silver chrome finish version weighs 388g


M Mount AdaptersLeica Four Thirds Adapter
The Leica M mount was introduced in 1954 at the same time as the Leica M3. It's been the mount of choice on every Leica M series thru the present day Leica M7 film camera and Leica M9 digital camera and Lenses.

The M Mount was also the mount used for Minolta's CLE rangefinder, on the Konica Hexar RF, on the later versions of the Voigtlander Bessa family and Lenses, the mount for the Rollei 35RF, also quite recently on the newest Zeiss Ikon Rangefinder and Lenses..

Benefits of Lens adapters is versatility, and saving money with the continued use of the preferred lenses you already own.

Drawbacks of lens adapters is the inconvenience, no electronic connection between the adapted lens and your camera body A couple of factors are necessary for a lens adapter to work properly. First, the camera body "lens registration" space or the expanse between the mount of the lens to the sensor or film surface. Two, the "throat size" of the mount or the mount diameter. An adapter flanked by the body of the camera and a lens from different brands, this registration distance of the adapted lens must be larger than the registration distance on the body; plus the lenses throat-size must be less than the throat size on the body mount. M lenses can be adapted to Canon EOS, Nikon, Micro Four Thirds, and Sony Nex Cameras.


Maybe Leica's best wide angle lens for its rangefinder cameras?, July 16, 2005

By John Kwok (New York, NY USA)

I've used the 24mm f2.8 Elmarit-M ASPH lens for nearly two years, having been impressed by its optical excellence for both nature and street photography. If I am photographing a landscape with my M rangefinder cameras, then this is the lens I reach for. But I also find it quite useful for photographing in close quarters some dynamic street photography. Without a doubt this lens is one of the finest new lenses which Leica has been slowly adding to its M rangefinder system over the past fifteen years (Its optical performance is akin to the 28mm f2 Summicron ASPH lens which I also own.); when it was introduced, it filled at last a gap between the 21mm and 28mm lenses. However, I still find that my old Contax Carl Zeiss 25mm f2.8 Distagon T* lens for the recently discontinued Contax SLR system performs nearly as well as this lens - truly a credit to Zeiss's lens designers since the Distagon dates from the mid to late 1960s. I look forward to comparing my 24mm f2.8 Elmarit-M with the recently introduced Zeiss ZM 25mm f2.8 Biogon for the new Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera.


Leica 24mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M Aspherical Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens

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