Leica's precision lenses are all hand made, at the main Leica factory in Solms Germany. These lenses represent the culmination of
numerous years of optical and precision mechanical encounters and are manufactured employing exacting technologies, the highest of
utilizing materials and strong commitment combined with the craftsmanship of knowledgeable personnel. No one else can dispense true Leica
excellence to your photographs.
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The Leica lens "6-bit" coding, allows the M digital camera to optically read
lens 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).
Additionally, Cosina has manufactured an immense variety of
Zeiss Lenses the Leica M rangefinder mount, and the Leica S mount
The M-mount is Leica’s longest serving camera mounting system; Introduced in 1953 on the Leica M3 rangefinder, M-lenses are specifically designed to be used on
Leica’s range of film and digital rangefinder cameras. The ‘M’ stands for “Meßsucher” which is the German word for rangefinder. The M-mount is a bayonet style mount,
all Leica M-mount lenses are manual focus only and resolve a 35mm image circle. In 2006 Leica introduced the Leica M8, the company’s first Digital M camera and has
since released a number of ‘Digital M’ lenses; These are classic M-mount lenses reworked and optimized for use on digital rangefinder cameras.
M lenses can be adapted to Canon EOS, Nikon, Micro Four Thirds, and Sony Nex Cameras.
Leica 50mm f/2.8 Elmar M
Typical On-line price $850
Leica R Series Lenses
R-mount lenses were designed to be used with Leica’s now defunct range of SLR cameras. Leica released their first
SLR, the Leicaflex in 1964 as a direct rival for the Nikon F, and the first ‘R’ branded SLR the R3 was released in 1976. Leica R-mount cameras never saw true success; The company legged behind the competition in the implementation of features such as auto-exposure metering, and never released an autofocus compatible Leica R camera or lens. Leica manufactured 75 lens designed for the R-system during its 44 year lifespan in focal lengths ranging from 15mm to a 105-280mm telephoto zoom. The system was discontinued in 2008.
Leica R Series Lenses Novoflex Leica R Body to Leica Screw Mount (M39) Lens Adapter Novoflex Adapter to Mount Leica R Lenses on a Leica M Body
Leica SL Series Lenses made for full frame sensos
Because the SL and the T/TL cameras use the same physical mount the lenses are interchangeable between systems, just remember to apply the required crop factor or
adjust for a change in field of view as required. There are also three adapters available for the L-mount system, the M-Adapter-L, R-Adapter-L and S-Adapter-L.
These allow M-mount, R-mount, and S-mount lenses to be mounted on SL and T/TL cameras. All three are are compatible with the SL, whilst only the M-Adapter-L and
R-Adapter-L can be used on the leica L/TL.
SL and TL lenses are denoted by either the initials ‘SL’ or ‘TL’ located after the class in the lens model name. All L-mount lenses feature built-in autofocus, and
as far as I can discern they use a stepping motor design.
The first point of importance when discussing Leica T-mount lenses is that the system has recently been renamed the L-mount. The name change simplifies Leica’s
L-mount (formerly T-mount) lenses are designed specifically to be used with Leica’s mirrorless system cameras and first appeared in 2014 on the Leica T (Typ 701)
cropped sensor mirrorless camera. Initially all T-mount lenses were designed to resolve an APS-C sized image circle. In 2015 Leica announced the SL, a full frame
mirrorless camera also featuring the T-mount, which was subsequently as explained above renamed the L-mount. Lenses designed to resolve a full frame image circle,
for use on the SL were named SL-lenses, and cropped lenses for the Leica T (formerly T-lenses) were from this point forward named TL-lenses. Therefore In the lens
model name, after the lens class:
For photographers around the world, Leica lenses are synonymous with exceptional imaging quality. A seal of excellence that is also earned by the lenses of the
Leica T Camera System. That’s because they benefit from 150 years of experience in the development of precision optical instruments, are masterpieces of optical
design and the best lenses in their class. They are constructed with perfectly harmonized glass types, inner mechanisms planned out down to the tiniest details
and constitute our fastest and quietest autofocus system. Two of these lenses are available to you today. To ensure the best equipment for the best pictures, they
were followed by others at the beginning of 2015.
Leica S-mount lenses are lenses specifically made for Leica’s S-series of digital medium format cameras. The first S-series camera was the Leica S1, a stationary
scanning camera released in 1996. The S1 did not use the Leica S-mount, instead using an interchangeable mounting system allowing the use of Leica R and M-mount
lenses as well as lenses from a number of other manufacturers. The S-mount first appeared in 2008 when Leica announced the S2, a medium format camera housed in a
35mm ‘SLR like’ body. S-mount lenses are all autofocus compatible and feature a built in screw-type autofocus motor. S-lenses are denoted by the initial ‘S’ located
after the class in the model name.