PRESS RELEASE: New: Compact high-performance lens LEICA ELMAR-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH.
Leica Camera AG, Solms is adding an ultra-compact wide-angle lens to its range of short focal length lenses for the Leica M system. The new LEICA ELMAR-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH. combines high imaging performance with an extremely wide angle of view, making it the ideal standard wide-angle lens for the digital LEICA M8 models. As with all M series lenses, it can also be used on all analog Leica M models.
With a focal length of 24 mm, the LEICA ELMAR-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH. is particularly suitable and extremely practical for photojournalistic reportage, true-to-life portraits, landscape and architecture photography when utilizing the full 24x36 mm picture format. Used on the digital LEICA M8 models, an equivalent focal length of 32 mm is obtained due to the slightly smaller image sensor. The initial aperture of 3.8 can be used unrestrictedly as contrast and detail renderings are exceptional at this setting. Stopped down to medium values, the field depth range is so wide that entire landscapes can depicted in sharp focus, reiterating that stopping down is widely only used for increasing the field depth. As precise focusing is not essential in this case, the M camera is quicker than any other automatic focus camera. The LEICA ELMAR-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH. is therefore ideal for use in combination with the snapshot mode of the new LEICA M8.2.
“Lenses with a medium initial aperture offer the user a lot of advantages: They offer outstanding performance that can be achieved with manageable technical input at moderate cost. The LEICA ELMAR-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH. is another good example of a remarkable price/performance ratio. Two features especially worth mentioning are its superlative resolution and contrast at full aperture which are almost fully retained right through to the close-focus range,“ says Stefan Daniel, Product Manager for the Leica M system at Leica Camera AG.
The LEICA ELMAR-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH. consists of eight elements in six groups, including an aspherical element. Imaging quality is magnificent over the entire field of view, and a distortion of -1% is hardly noticeable. Due to the use of highly refractive glass types and an aspherical surface, monochromatic aberrations have been reduced to a minimum. The LEICA ELMAR-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH. will be on sale at authorized Leica dealers from November 2008.
(First posted on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 18:59 EDT)