Leica APO Macro-Elmarit TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH lens officially announced

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Pictures of the Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH lens have been floating online since October last year. Today Leica officially announced the lens (this also explains the rumored TL firmware update I reported few days ago). The US price is $2,995 (UK price: £1,800 incl. VAT). Pre-orders are now open at: B&HLeica Store Miami.

Technical specifications and press release:

  • Short telephoto prime macro lens is designed for the APS-C-format T-series of mirrorless cameras, and provides a 90mm equivalent focal length.
  • Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also affords notable control over depth of field for creative selective focus imagery.
  • True macro design affords a life-size, 1:1 magnification ratio along with a 6.3" minimum focusing distance, or a 2.4" minimum working distance, for working with close-up subjects.
  • Internal focusing mechanism maintains the overall lens length during use for more accurate control when working with close-up subjects.
  • Full-time manual focus operation enables more precise control when needed.
  • Apochromatic optical design reduces color fringing and chromatic aberrations throughout the focusing range for increased clarity and color neutrality.
  • Four aspherical elements are featured to minimize spherical aberrations and distortions for greater apparent sharpness.
  • Metal lens barrel offers durability as well as an unmatched, classic feel and a matching aluminum alloy lens hood is also included.
Focal Length 60mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 90 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Leica L
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 27°
Minimum Focus Distance 6.30" (16 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 10/9
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 60 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.68 x 3.50" (68 x 89 mm)
Weight 11.29 oz (320 g)

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Leica APO Macro-Elmarit TL 60mm f:2.8 ASPH lens

Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH. prime lens added to Leica T lens portfolio

All lenses for Leica T camera system to be marketed under the new designation ‘TL’

Leica Camera has released a new prime lens for the Leica T camera system: the Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH. This macro lens is considered to be the reference lens in the APS-C category, and delivers impressive macro exposures with a reproduction ratio of 1:1.

With this new addition, the Leica T lens portfolio now comprises a total of six lenses. Three prime lenses and three zoom lenses are currently available, offering a range of focal lengths for every photographic situation. The two fast prime lenses – the Leica Summicron-TL 23mm f/2 ASPH. and the Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. – provide classic focal lengths for reportage photography. The APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH. complements these lenses, and is designed for finely detailed close-up photography.

The three compact zoom lenses – Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 11–23mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH., Vario-Elmar-TL 18–56mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH. and APO-Vario-Elmar-TL 55–135mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. – cover an entire range of focal lengths equivalent to 17 - 200 mm in 35mm format, and deliver outstanding images with rich contrast from corner to corner of the frame.

As the Leica T and the new Leica SL share the same L bayonet mount, the designation ‘TL’ will be applied to all new lenses manufactured for the Leica T camera system going forward. Thanks to the versatility offered by TL-Lenses for an extensive range of applications, this once again highlights Leica’s commitment to system compatibility and sustainability, offering users access to an even more diverse portfolio of Leica products.

All Leica TL-Lenses deliver outstanding imaging results at all ranges from infinity to their closest focusing distance, and capture photographs with the inimitable ‘Leica look’ and unique bokeh. Each lens has been designed by Leica’s optical engineering specialists in Wetzlar, Germany, and offers the exceptional performance for which Leica lenses are renowned. A combination of extraordinary optical and technical expertise, together with the use of only the finest materials, guarantee consistent quality and reliability in every situation.

The Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH. is available in a choice of black or silver anodised finish.

Pricing and availability

The Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60 mm f/2.8 ASPH. is scheduled to be available from mid-September at a suggested retail price of £1,800 including VAT. The lens hood retails at £80.00 including VAT.

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  • Les

    That would be a great lens for the SL, but it doesn’t cover full frame. Too bad.

    • TwoStrayCats

      Leitz will make a great macro for the SL. But it will be $5K. 🙂

  • Eskimo Micronian

    I’m somewhat surprised it doesn’t cover full frame, even though it was always forecasted to be an APS-C offering. As an apochromatic lens, it probably earns the $3,000 price tag.
    I wonder, however, if it has some sort of stabilization. I consider this a must for a macro lens.
    As a Micro Four Thirds photographer who shoots with a Panasonic Leica 45mm Macro lens, I am quite hopeful for this offering. I use my 45 for macro work and for portraiture. The close-focusing capability mitigates the relatively mild aperture, and edge-to-edge sharpness makes for great portraits.
    As an APO lens, $3,000 is probably a bargain.

  • stevieg

    Also interesting that the T has recently been discontinued, so we should certainly see something new with the TL mount at Photokina?

  • CHD

    $3000 for an APS-C 60mm macro lens??? Not in a million years would I buy this.

    • Brennan McKissick

      This.

    • sperdynamite

      But, but, how else will you impress all the boys at the club?

  • ZMWT

    Love APO lenses. Price is bargain if it delivers as promised.

    • you have a funny idea of what a bargain is

      • ZMWT

        Bargain is being able to recognise the value, buy, never regret, and never sell because hardly anything better will be released.

  • ZMWT

    That lens with hood on it, looks big on a tiny camera. It is possible Leica issues some small, 19/2.8 lens for the T? Or small 2x zoom, 19-38/4? In theory 19mm prime (28mm equiv. in FF) could be smaller than 23mm/2, and that 2x zoom hardly any bigger than 23/2.

  • pyktures

    uhuh…

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