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Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 + lens hood

Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 + lens hood

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.

Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 top

Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 top

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

Standout Improvements:

  • 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.
M9 + Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4

M9 + Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4

M9 + Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 front + lens hood

M9 + Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 front + lens hood

Leica M9 + Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 front

Leica M9 + Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 front

Leica M9 + Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 top

Leica M9 + Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 top

Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4

Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4

So what do you think about the lens?  I am curious to hear everyone’s reactions.

  5 Responses to “Leica Super Elmar 21mm f/3.4”

  1. A great lens!

    I debated a long time about getting a 21 Leica lens (the 2.8) but in the end, as you mentioned, for a lens that I knew i would only be using less than 25% of the time, the cost of getting a Leica Elmarit was just too prohibitive. I ended up with a Zeiss Biogon f2.8 which I really like. The Zeiss is not very small though so it does get left behind sometimes – it’s strange how every little bit of weight savings really does count, especially if we are talking about all day walkabouts. I’ll be checking out this lens and looking out for your review of it Adam!

    Cheers

    kl

  2. My Avenon 21mm gives me Leica quality… for $300.

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