The new Leica SUPER-ELMAR-S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH lens

New super-wide lens with outstanding optical properties 

Solms, Germany (September 17, 2012) – Leica Camera has expanded the Leica S medium format system with the addition of a new lens, the Leica Super-Elmar-S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH. Corresponding to a focal length of 19 mm in terms of 35 mm photography, this super-wide-angle lens guarantees excellent imaging quality. Ideal for not only landscape and architectural photography but also for indoor photography and many other applications, the lens shows very high contrast rendition and maximum resolution at the highest aperture.

As the result of the unusually complex construction of its focusing system, the Leica Super-Elmar-S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH. offers superior imaging performance from the point of closest focus to infinity throughout the entire focusing range. During focusing, only the middle group of three lenses is moved. Concurrently, one of the lenses is moved independently as a floating element and guarantees optimum ray paths at every setting.

With an optical system comprising 12 lenses in ten groups, Leica’s optical design engineers have achieved extraordinarily high freedom from distortion for such a wide-angle lens. Five of the lenses are manufactured from glasses with anomalous partial dispersion to prevent negative effects, such as chromatic aberration. Two aspherical lenses located behind the iris and the aspherical surface of the front lens minimize monochromatic aberrations.

The Leica Super-Elmar-S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH. is distinguished by rugged, enduring design and construction that guarantees years of dependability, even with frequent use. Featuring an extremely robust bayonet mount and fully sealed against dust and spray, the new release ensures maximum dependability even under the harshest shooting conditions.

With the addition of the Super-Elmar-S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH., the current S-System lens portfolio offers a total of eight lenses (five of which will also be available in CS versions with a central shutter), ensuring superior imaging quality for all areas of photography.

The Leica Super-Elmar S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH. is supplied complete with a lens hood specially optimized for its optical system. It will be available from selected Leica dealers, including the Leica Store Washington DC, beginning in November 2012.

Lens: Extremely fast super-wide-angle lens for Leica S-Cameras, with 3 aspherical lens surfaces for outstanding imaging performance
Compatible cameras: All Leica S-Models
Angle of view(diagonal, horizontal, vertical): Approx. 96.6°, 86.5°, 63.9°, equivalent to approx. 19 mm focal length in 35 mm format
Optical design
Number of lenses / groups: 12 / 10
Aspherical surfaces: 3
Position of entrance pupil:(from the bayonet): 83.4 mm / 3.3 inches
Working range: 0.4 m to infinity
Scales: Combined metre / feet graduation
Smallest object field /largest reproduction ratio: Approx. 349 mm x 533 mm / 1:11.3
Setting / function: Electronically controlled iris, setting with the camera clickwheel control, half-stop setting possible
Smallest aperture value: 22
Bayonet: Leica S quick-change bayonet with contact strip for Leica S-Models
Filter mount / lens hood: Outer bayonet mount for lens hood (included), inner threaded mount for E95 filters, non-rotating filter mount
Finish: Black anodized
Dimensions and weight
Overall length to bayonet flange: Approx. 112 mm / 4. 5 inches without lens hood (approx. 138 mm / 5.4 inches with lens hood attached)
Maximum diameter: Approx. 101 mm / 4 inches without lens hood (approx. 150 mm / 6 inches with lens hood)
Weight: Approx. 1110 g / 39 oz
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