Today, in addition to the Leica CL announcement, Leica has also introduced a new TL lens – the Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH, in both black and silver. This APS-C sized lens in Leica’s new L mount, sets new standards for wide-angle performance in an incredibly compact package. With 8 elements in 6 groups packed into a mere 21mm (0.8 inches) and weighing only 80g (2.8 oz), the new 18mm promises class-leading imaging results with extremely quick autofocus responsiveness and a minimum focus of just 0.3m. The new 18mm is equivalent to a 27mm in full frame, and will fit on the CL, TL2, TL, T or SL (in APS mode). Combined with already compact proportions of the TL2 and CL, the 18mm looks like it will make an ideal grab-and-go kit.
The Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH is expected to start shipping by the end of this month (November 2017) at a price of $1,295. Leica Store Miami is now accepting preorders, by either clicking here, emailing email@example.com, or by calling 305-921-4433.
|Compatible cameras||All Leica Cameras with Leica L bayonet|
|Angle of view||(diagonal, horizontal, vertical): Approx. 75º, 65º, 46º, corresponding to 27mm focal length in 35mm format|
|Optical design||Number of lenses / groups: 8 / 6. Aspherical surfaces: 4. Position of entrance pupil at infinity: -12.5mm (in direction of light incidence in front of bayonet mount)|
|Distance setting||Setting / Function: Electronically controlled, mode selectable using camera menu: Automatic (AF) or manual (M), in AF mode manual override possible at any times with setting dial. Smallest object field / Largest scale: Approx. 343 x 228 mm / 1:14|
|Minimum Focus||0.3 meters|
|Aperture||Setting / Function: Electronically controlled, adjustment using dial on camera, third values also available. Lowest value: 16|
|Bayonet fitting||Leica L quick-change bayonet with contact strip for Leica T/TL/CL/SL models|
|Filter mount||Internal thread for E39 filters, filter mount does not rotate|
|Dimensions & weight||Length to bayonet mount: Approx. 21mm. Largest diameter: Approx. 61mm. Weight: Approx. 80 grams.|
Leica Camera expands its range of TL lenses with the introduction of the Leica Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/ 2.8 APSH lens (equivalent 27 mm), a lens that provides optical performance that is the best in its class. This is the smallest wide-angle pancake lens in the market for APS-C format and has very fast auto focus due to its compact size and optical design. This compact lens measures only 20.5 mm (approximately 0.81 inches) in thickness and weighs only 80 g (approximately 2.82 ounces). Made in Japan, the Leica Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH is available in black or silver anodized. This lens can be used with all L-Mount cameras, APS and SL.
The Leica TL lenses support two great Leica APS-C System Cameras – Leica CL and Leica TL2. With a wide range of lenses in its portfolio, these lenses offer both APS cameras the best image quality and fast performance.