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Today, Leica has announced the latest lens in the TL lineup, the APO-Macro-Elmart-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH. Not only does the new lens feature apochromatic correction, four aspheric elements and a compact size, but it is the first Leica macro in recent history that has a reproduction ratio of 1:1, rather than the more standard 1:2. At closest focus distance, the subject is a mere 3cm from the front of the lens. For those not on the metric system, that’s just a hair over an inch away. Leica promises top quality at all distances and apertures, beautiful bokeh, and a solid aluminum and glass made-in-Germany construction.

60 apo-macro black and silver

 

I’ve been using the T/TL lenses on the Leica SL (Typ 601) for 4K video a lot lately, especially the 11-23mm and the 35mm f/1.4. The APS-C coverage of the lenses matches up almost exactly with the Super35 size of the sensor when shooting 4K. For me, the results from using the TL lenses has been outstanding. I can’t wait to put this new macro into service on the SL for some upcoming projects.

60 apo-macro black and silver - front

I’ve been using the T/TL lenses on the Leica SL (Typ 601) for 4K video a lot lately, especially the 11-23mm and the 35mm f/1.4. The APS-C coverage of the lenses matches up almost exactly with the Super35 size of the sensor when shooting 4K. For me, the results from using the TL lenses has been outstanding. I can’t wait to put this new macro into service on the SL for some upcoming projects.

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For T (Typ 701) owners, the new lens will offer a macro and portrait lens equivalent to a 90mm f/2.8. Paired up with the stunning 23mm f/2 and 35mm f/1.4 lenses, T shooters can now have the classic Leica prime trio of 35, 50 and 90. Along with the three zooms, the TL lens lineup is looking very attractive. It will be interesting to see how the system continues to develop.

The 60mm APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL f/2.8 ASPH will be available starting next week for $2,995, in either black or silver anodized finishes. To place a pre-order, head on over to Leica Store Miami, call at 305-921-4433, or email info@leicastoremiami.com.

Leica provided some sample images taken with the new lens mounted on the T (Typ 701). Check out the gallery below by clicking on the images.

Sample Images (from Leica)

Tech Specs

Compatible camerasAll Leica T and SL models
Number of lenses /
groups
10 / 9
Aspherical surfaces4
Position of entrance
pupil (at infinity)
-64.4 mm (in direction of light incidence behind bayonet mount)
Angle of view (diagonal,
horizontal, vertical)
Approx. 27º, 22º, 15º, corresponding to around 90 mm focal length in 35 mm format
Distance setting /
function
Electronically controlled, mode selectable using camera menu: Automatic (AF) or manual (M), in AF mode manual override possible at any time with setting dia
Close focus distance6 cm to front element / 16 cm to image plane
Smallest object field /
largest scale
Approx.: 24 x 16 mm / 1 : 1
Aperture setting /
function
Electronically controlled, adjustment using dial on camera, third-step values also available
Lowest value f/32
Filter mount / lens hoodInternal thread for E60 filters, filter mount does not rotate / external bayonet mount for lens hood (included)
FinishBlack/silver anodized
Length to bayonet
mount
Approx. 89 / 134 mm
Largest diameterApprox. 68 / 81 mm
Weight Approx. 320 / 387 g


The press full release from Leica:

(Sept 1) Leica Camera is pleased to expand its range of TL-lenses with the new Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60 mm f/2.8 ASPH, the perfect lens for close up images, macro photography and stunning portraits. In addition to bringing even further versatility to the T Camera System, the lens provides an extension of new uses to the SL System.
 

The Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60 mm f/2.8 ASPH lens is designed to create the best in class close-up images. The lens is designed with 10 lens elements, of which 4 are aspherical, in 9 groups, guaranteeing excellent sharpness and color rendition throughout all distances and all apertures. The f/2.8 maximum aperture gives the user freedom to get creative with a narrow depth of field and by marvelous bokeh, especially up close. The wide aperture also allows shooting in just about any light conditions. With internal focusing, the overall length of the lens remains unchanged even when focusing to the minimum distance.

The Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL lenses are built with the best quality material – glass and metal, and assembled in Leica’s factory in Wetzlar. In addition to their optical performance, they provide a unmatched touch and feel, and smooth operation.


KEY BENEFITS & FEATURES:

  • True macro photography (1:1 reproduction)
  • Superior image performance at all distances
  • Unique Leica bokeh and character
  • Outstanding build quality and mechanical touch and feel
  • Smooth and precise operation for immediate manual focusing when desired
  • Aluminum lens hood with solid locking position
  • Black or silver anodized aluminum finish with engraved letterings
  • Made in Germany

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