Leica Camera has unveiled two cutting-edge additions to its SL-System: the Super-Vario-Elmarit-SL 14–24 f/2.8 ASPH. and the Super- APO-Summicron-SL 21 f/2 ASPH. These lenses are perfect for professional photographers and enthusiasts alike and promise unparalleled image quality.
A new zoom lens addition to the SL-System lens lineup, the Leica Super-Vario-Elmarit-SL 14-24mm f/2.8 ASPH offers photographers a smaller, lighter, less expensive ultra-wide zoom option for the SL. The lens doesn’t replace its more established big brother, the benchmark Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH. Rather, this new 14-24mm zoom lens is designed to supplement the roster.
The Leica Super-Vario-Elmarit-SL 14–24 f/2.8 ASPH. caters to photographers desiring a 14 mm focal length with the SL-System. This Leica lens delivers breathtaking panoramas and videos, thanks to its consistent f/2.8 aperture. Its advanced optical design ensures sharp images from edge to edge, making it an excellent choice for landscape, architecture, and astrophotography. The wide diagonal viewing angle of up to 114 degrees lead to unavoidable distortions and aberrations in ultra wide-angle lenses, which are excellently compensated by the elaborate optical construction of the Leica Super-Vario-Elmarit-SL 14–24 f/2.8 ASPH. The lens’s chromatic aberration compensation and aspherical lenses enhance its appeal. Alongside the Leica Vario- Elmarit-SL 24–70 f/2.8 ASPH., photographers gain a broader focal range without the added bulk.
The long-awaited Super-APO-Summicron-SL 21mm f/2 ASPH super-wide-angle is the first ever 21mm APO lens from any manufacturer. Joining the existing five APO-Summicron lenses ranging from 28 to 90mm, the new super lens sets the bar for optical performance in its focal length and features the same physical dimensions and filter size (E67) as the longer focal length options.
Housed inside the weather-sealed 789g all-metal lens is a brand new optical design comprised of 14 lens elements, arranged into 11 groups, featuring six aspherical surfaces and Leica’s snappy and rugged dual-synchro drive autofocus system.
A minimum focus of just 21cm allows for a reproduction ratio of 1:5, which, combined with the wide f/2 aperture, allows for some outstanding subject isolation and 3D rendering.
Here are some sample pictures provided by Leica:
The Super-Vario-Elmarit-SL 14–24 f/2.8 ASPH is available for $2495, while the Super-APO- Summicron-SL 21 f/2 ASPH is priced at $5495.