Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm F2.8 Asph Universal Zoom Released

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm F2.8 Asph Universal Zoom Released

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–70mm f/2.8 Asph

Allendale, NJ—Leica Camera AG expanded its Leica SL lens portfolio with the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 2470mm F2.8 Asph zoom lens. The lens is for reportage, travel, studio, architectural and landscape photography, as well as portraits, close-ups and video productions. Leica is positioning it as a universal lens, because of its focal range and consistently high light sensitivity of f/2.8.

Moreover, thanks to its price-performance ratio, the new lens also represents an opportunity for photographers to upgrade to the SL system. As a result, Leica is aiming two affordable lens-and-camera sets at newcomers to the SL system

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm F2.8 Asph

Leica engineers constructed the new universal zoom with 19 elements in 15 groups. What’s more, a total of three elements feature aspherical surfaces on both sides. Nine special glass elements with anomalous partial dispersion also provide chromatic correction across the entire focal range.

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–70mm f/2.8 Asph

In addition, the lens’s internal focus is based on a single, lightweight lens element. It also uses a quiet stepping motor to deliver fast and precise autofocus. Also, with its metal body and ingress protection against water spray and dust, the lens is a solution for use in harsh conditions.

Furthermore, its compact dimensions are made possible by the absence of in-lens optical image stabilization. However, when photographers mount the lens on the SL2 or SL2-S, the cameras’ suspended image sensor provides effective image stabilization; it does so for both still photography and video recordings.

Moreover, the aperture of the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–70mm f/2.8 Asph has 11 blades to facilitate circular bokeh. Another feature is its 7-inch minimum focusing distance from the sensor plane (at the shortest focal length) and 15 inches (at the longest). The lens has a suggested retail price of $2,795.