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Big Announcement, Little Lens
Today Leica announced the new Super Elmar 21mm f/3.4. Why is this exciting? Well I guess it depends who you ask. For me and maybe you, 21mm is not an everyday lens. Anything wider that 28mm is a a lens for a specific purpose. It works well on the road when you want to capture wide scenes, architecture or the madness of a crowd. Unlike its 21mm Summilux f/1.4 partner ($6,995 and unavailable at the moment) the 21mm Super Elmar comes at at a more manageable $2,995. Seven thousand dollars is a lot to spend on a lens that will only see use 25% of the time, which is why I don’t own a 21mm f/1.4, but the Super Elmar offers an enticing alternative. I was not in Paris to for the release so I have not seen one in person but it looks like its around the same size as the 35mm f/1.4 which is a dream. In fact its a hair smaller and lighter.
Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4
- Length: 43mm/55mm, without hood/with hood
- Diamater: 53mm
- Weight: 279 grams
Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4
- Length: 46mm/58mm, without hood/with hood
- Diameter: 58mm
- Weight: 320 grams
- Small for travel.
- Smaller hood, the previous 21mm Elmarit’s hood was a plastic/metal hybrid and too clunky.
- Better wide open than the 21mm f/2.8. So far the f/3.8′s and the f/2.5′s are great performers wide open. Its nice to see that Leica is making their less expensive lenses more usable wide open.
So what do you think about the lens? I am curious to hear everyone’s reactions.