Leica T System gets its sixth optic, as 60mm f/2.8 macro lens announced


posted Friday, September 2, 2016 at 10:30 AM EDT


A couple of years ago, German camera icon Leica announced the T (Typ 701) mirrorless camera, a handsome and -- for a company which typically emphasizes its history with classic designs -- atypically modern Audi Design-styled device. At the same time, the company launched its new Leica T lens mount -- and in our coverage of the Leica T (Typ 701) launch, we rhetorically asked "where are the lenses?"

Today, the company works to address that concern, adding another lens option for its mount that, some 28 months after launch, has only offered up five choices until now. The sixth optic for the Leica T mount (and the third prime lens for the type) is the Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH.


Available in black and silver versions, the lens looks set to offer great image quality as you'd expect, with Leica claiming it to be "the reference lens in the APS-C segment". It has a 10-element, nine-group optical formula including four aspherical elements, and an internal focus design which can sharply render subjects to as close as 6.3 inches. 60mm threaded filters are supported, and an aluminum alloy lens hood is included in the product bundle. The macro-friendly optic has a 1:1 magnification ratio, and as well as the Leica T (Typ 701) it can also be used on the Leica SL (Typ 601) in APS-C crop mode. 

The Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens ships this fall, and we understand that pricing will be in the region of US$3,000.