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Leica announces Super-Elmar 18mm f/3.8 ASPH for M system Rangefinders

From the UK Press release:


Leica, the lens specialist, is pleased to introduce new accessories for the M system; the LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18 mm f/ 3.8 ASPH. lens and the LEICA BRIGHT LINE FINDER compatible for both M digital and films models. The LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18 mm f/ 3.8 ASPH. is a compact wide-angle lens, expanding the range of short focal-length lenses for the Leica M System and offering outstanding image quality. The new finder, the LEICA BRIGHT LINE FINDER M 18 mm, matches the new lens and is the latest addition to the Leica rangefinder system accessories range. LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18 mm f/ 3.8 ASPH.

The latest lens from Leica is ideal for a wide range of applications – from expansive reportage images to landscapes and architectural photography. When used with Leica’s digital M models, the LEICA M8 and M8.2, the smaller sensor format increases the effective focal length to the 35 mm format equivalent of 24 mm. Making the new lens a perfect choice for wide-angle lens for digital M photography. In addition, the lens can also be used on all analogue Leica M camera models and its extremely short focal length of 18 mm opens up numerous new opportunities for composition and creative expression.

The fundamental parameters of vignetting and distortion traditionally encountered in superwide-angle lenses have been so well corrected for the LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M18mm f/ 3.8 ASPH that they play no role at all in practice. This results in extremely sharp,crystal-clear and uniformly exposed images from corner to corner. Due to the outstanding contrast and reproduction of details, the initial aperture of f/3.8 can be used without any limitations. Even wide open, the depth of field extends from infinity to 1.2 metres. Available at authorised Leica dealers from March 2009 at SRP of £1955


A matching LEICA BRIGHT LINE FINDER M 18 mm is also available for the new LEICA SUPERELMAR- M 18 mm f/ 3.8 ASPH. Used in conjunction with the new lens, it shows the precise framing of the field of view, and is distinguished by its vibrant, high-contrast image. Due to a concave mirror in the optics (hence the term ‘mirror viewfinder’), part of the incoming light is used to brightly illuminate the frame for the field of view – in the same way as in the viewfinder of Leica M cameras.

The finder has parallax compensation markings for close-up distances below 2m, and also markings for the slightly smaller image field of LEICA M8 models. It is, therefore, equally suitable for both film (24 x 36 mm) and for digital photography (18 x 27 mm). The entire optical system of the finder has a high-quality multi-layer coating to guarantee optimum viewing under all conditions.

What’s more, as you would expect from Leica, the latest technology has been fused with classic design. The high-quality solid brass metal body has been finished with the popular, retro look of its predecessors of the fifties and sixties and is available in either silver-chrome or black paint to match the cameras.

Available at authorised Leica dealers from March 2009 in chrome or black at SRP of £550
For UK stockists info: call 01908 256400 or visit


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