Last updated (02 September’10):
- Review by Kenrockwell
The Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH features 18mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.8. The lens construction has 8 elements in 7 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 100 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 2.3 feet (28″ or 0.7 meters) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH lens weighs 10.9 oz and it measures 2.40″ (61mm) in diameter and 1.92″ (48.8mm) long.
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Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH Reviews
Kenrockwell reviews the Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH and writes;
“The sharpness specifications (MTF curves) are quite amazing. This lens doesn’t get any sharper stopped down, so to get the best results, be sure to follow my Optimum Aperture Suggestions to avoid the effects of diffraction.”
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Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH Specifications
The Leica Super-Elmar-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH. will help you capture the expansiveness of space like few other tools. Nominally larger than a standard lens, it boasts an extreme angle of view of up to 100 degrees and reaches far into the field of super wide angle lenses, at the same time guaranteeing the outstanding lens qualities that are typical for Leica. The Leica Super-Elmar-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH. broadens the horizon not only in architecture and landscape photography but in many other areas as well.
Excellent performance and compact design
The Leica Super-Elmar-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH. successfully merges ambitious wide angle photography with the very best of optical quality and compact design. This is achieved thanks to a patented, spacesaving, yet extremely effective lens hood. The lens corresponds to a universal 24 mm wide angle lens when mounted on a Leica M9 model and a super wide angle lens with an impressive angle of view when mounted on an analogue Leica M model. Its retrofocus-like architecture features eight lens elements of which one boasts two aspherical surfaces to ensure outstanding image quality already at open aperture.
Mirror Viewfinder M 18 mm – Intuitive framing
The rangefinder camera coupled with the bright Mirror Viewfinder M 18 mm is a high-precision instrument, yet precision focusing isn’t always necessary thanks to sufficient depth of field reserves (hyperfocal technique). This solution is ideal for spontaneous and intuitive photography with the Leica M.
* UV/ IR Filter: For Leica M9 models there is a special UV/ IR filter (item no. 13 422), which is mounted between the lens and the lens hood.
* Filter Holder. For compatibility with other filters there is the accessory holder for E77 filters, which is mounted where you would normally secure the lens hood (item no. 14 484).
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