Discussion Forum Leica APS-C Cameras and Lenses (TL and CL) Leica TL Lenses Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f3.5-4.5 ASPH – on Leica SL
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    Having owned a Leica Q for 2 years and really loving it, I bought a pre-owned SL during early lockdown. This was because I had a few Voigtlander lenses which I used with a Fujifilm X-H1 – and I wanted to make better use of them. What an understatement that is! The Voigt 21mm f3.5 (M) and Voigt 58mm f1.8 (F) are exceptional and so relatively easy to use on the SL.

    To this end, I'd like to make more use of the SL. As I'm a member of a camera club, I spend a lot of time using 70-200mm (equivalent) but I'm sure the SL will do a better job than the crop-sensor Fujifilm glass. The Leica 90-280mm is out of my reach, so I've been considering either the f2.8 or f4 versions of Panasonic's L-mount 70-200mm zooms. Just now I've realised there's another possibility – the APO-Vario-Elmar 55-135mm which would give a focal range equivalent to 80-200mm. I expect the max apertures (variable) would change to around f5-f8 – so compared to the Panasonics that's quite a loss of light. However, I'm rather hoping the Leica glass might make up for the mathematical difficiencies …

    My question to this forum is – does anyone have experience using the 55-135 TL on an SL or SL2 and, if so, care to tell me about image quality, ease of use (i.e. in auto focus etc) and any drawbacks. Thanks in anticipation.

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