Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH.

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Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH.

The Leica SL lenses are full-frame AF lenses designed for professional needs. With the highest image performance at every aperture and distance, the new Leica SL Auto-focus is the fastest AF available for full-frame system cameras. The SL lenses are silent and offer precise AF. All SL lenses have an AquaDura hydrophobic coating on the outer lens elements. The lenses are sealed to protect from dust and water.

Group photos, landscape and architectural shots: Whenever something is more about the picture, choose the Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 1: 3.5-4.5 / 16-35 ASPH. as a universally applicable wide-angle lens, which widens the horizon of the existing SL Vario portfolio by the wide-angle range with its focal length range of 16-35 mm.

In addition to the excellent imaging performance over the entire focal length range typical of Leica, the high-performance lens offers fast and quiet autofocus. In this case, a single, very light single lens is moved to focus. With the aid of the specially developed motor concept, consisting of a stepper motor and a linear guide, it is thus possible to focus very quickly, quietly and precisely, whereby the overall length of the objective remains unchanged.

The newly developed optical design of the Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 1: 3.5-4.5 / 16-35 ASPH. consists of a total of 18 lenses in 12 groups. Two aspherical lenses are used for the correction of monochromatic aberrations and three lenses made of glasses with anomalous partial dispersion for the correction of chromatic aberrations.

The essentials:

  • Improved frame geometry and high quality coating
  • High flexibility
  • High product quality and exceptional imaging performance with specially developed focus motor
  • Newly developed optical design
  • Wide-angle photography
  • Focal length of 16-35 mm expands existing portfolio
  • Fast and almost noiseless autofocus
  • L-mount bayonet


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  • Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical):
    Focal length 16mm: 105.6°/ 95.3°/ 72° ; Focal length 24mm: 84.7°/ 74.4°/ 53.7° ; Focal length 35mm: 64.6°/ 55.5°/ 38.7°
  • Optical design
  • Number of lenses/groups:
    18 / 12
  • Aspherical surfaces:
  • Position of entrance pupil:
    Focal length 16mm: 105.9mm ; Focal length 24mm: 101.5mm ; Focal length 35mm: 105.0mm
  • Image stabilization:
  • Distance setting:
    Setting either automatic (Auto-focus) or manual, modes are set on the camera
  • Focusing range:
    0.25m to infinity
  • Aperture range:
    Focal length 16mm: 3.5-22 ; Focal length 35mm: 4.5-22
  • Lowest value:
  • Bayonet fitting:
    Leica L bayonet fitting with contact strip
  • Filter mount/lens hood:
    External bayonet fitting for lens hood (included), internal thread for E82 filters, filter mount does not rotate
  • Finish:
    Black anodized
  • Length to bayonet mount:
    123mm (without lens hood)
  • Largest diameter approx:
  • Weight approx:
    990 grams

Lens, lens hood, lens rear cover SL, lens cover E82, soft bag

Limited Warranty:
Leica Camera AG (‘LEICA’) provides a two-year product limited warranty for this LEICA camera valid from the date of purchase from an authorized LEICA dealer, including the accessories contained in the original packaging, which are valid for two years.