Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280mm f/2.8–4 SL-System Lens

Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280mm f/2.8–4 SL-System Lens

New telephoto zoom is geared for a variety of distances and subjects—from close-ups to travel photography and sporting events.


Allendale, NJ—Leica Camera added to its mirrorless SL-system lens portfolio with the Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280mm f/2.8–4. The new telephoto zoom lens is designed for speed, a range of focal lengths and optical and mechanical precision.

Combined with the focal lengths already offered by the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90mm f/2.8–4 Asph, the two lenses cover focal lengths ranging from 24 to 280mm, for shooting a range of subjects and scenes.

Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280mm f/2.8–4

The SL system’s integrated optical image stabilization (OIS) increases exposure times by up to 3.5 stops to help ensure shake-free handheld photography, even at telephoto settings. The zoom lens features an entirely new design, with dual internal focusing and zooming. It’s engineered to provide fast and quiet autofocus as well as constantly high performance at a range of distances.

With close focusing limits of 24 inches at 90mm and 55 inches at 280mm, the lens offers reproduction ratios of 1:4.8 to 1:5, making it ideal for up-close photography. And its f/2.8–4 aperture offers control over focus position for working with shallow depth-of-field techniques. The lens can also be used on APS-C-format cameras, where it will provide a 135–420mm equivalent focal length range.

As with all Leica lenses, the Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280mm f/2.8–4 was designed and developed by Leica optical specialists in Wetzlar, Germany. It is constructed of 23 elements in seven moving groups. Seven of these are made from glass with anomalous partial dispersion to minimize chromatic aberrations.

In addition, the movement of its two focusing elements features a newly developed drive concept with linear positioning of the lenses by stepping AF motors. As a result, the overall length of the lens does not change when focusing or zooming. Plus, the included lens hood is said to suppress reflections and stray light as well as prevent flare.

Also featured are a removable tripod plate for attaching it to a tripod and a lens belt, to allow for easier handling. With a lockable rotating tripod collar, the lens can be fixed at any angle. The collar has detents every 90º for rapid switching from landscape to portrait format.

Additionally, Leica’s AquaDura hydrophobic coating on the front and rear lens elements guards against moisture and smudging, while a dust- and water-sealed design protect the lens during use in inclement conditions.

Leica also announced that the current SL lens portfolio, comprised of the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90mm f/2.8–4 Asph and Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280mm f/2.8–4, will be expanded later this year with the Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 Asph prime lens.

The Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280mm f/2.8–4 telephoto zoom is available for an SRP of $6,395. us.leica-camera.com