Leica Vario-Elmar-TL 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH.

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Leica Vario-Elmar-TL 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH.

Versatile in a small space

No matter whether you’re shooting landscapes, documentaries or portraits, the Leica Vario-Elmar-TL, the all-round lens, lets you capture rich-in-detail, high-contrast photos that are sharp from edge to edge and corner to corner, even in unfavourable light. This compact standard zoom covers a range of focal lengths from 28 to 85 mm and guarantees pictures with the wonderful signature Leica bokeh.

There is one all-important factor in the everyday work of professional photographers: flexibility. When pressures of time or limited accessibility to subjects make it impossible to change your position or lens, you can always rely on the variable focal lengths and outstanding imaging performance of the TL-Vario lenses. In combination, the newly defined focal length ranges of 17 mm and 200 mm and unusually short close focusing distances cover the greatest possible spectrum of photographic situations.

With their precise and reliable autofocus, almost indestructible construction, and the typical Leica picture quality, they are ideal for mastering all photographic challenges in which speed and utmost precision are essential.

The essentials:

  • 18-56 mm in APS-C format correspond to 28-85 mm in 35 mm format
  • Aperture range: 1: 3.5-5.6 / 18-56 mm ASPH.
  • Aspherical surfaces: 4
  • 10 lenses in 7 groups
  • Autofocus with manual correction
  • Internal thread for E-52 filters
  • L-mount bayonet
  • Black anodized finish


The quintessential all-rounder for the TL and CL systems

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  • Compatible cameras:
    All Leica T models
  • Field angle:
    (Diagonal, horizontal, vertical): At 18 mm: Approx. 75, 62, 41. At 56 mm: Approx. 28, 23, 15, corresponding to around 27-84 mm focal length in 35 mm format
  • Optical design:
    Number of lenses / groups: 10 / 7; Aspherical surfaces: 4; Position of entrance pupil (at infinity / at close up limit): At 18 mm: -37.8 / 19.9 mm, at 56 mm: -28 / 49.7 mm (in direction of light incidence behind / in front of bayonet mount)
  • Distance setting:
    Setting / Function: Electronically controlled, mode selectable using camera menu: Automatic (AF) or manual (M), in AF mode manual override possible at any times with setting dial; Focusing range: 0.3 / 0.45 m (at 18 / 56 mm) to Smallest object field / Largest scale: At 18 mm: Approx. 312 x 207 MM / 1:13.2 at 56 mm: Approx. 110 x 73 mm / 1;7.5
  • Aperture:
    Setting / Function: Electronically controlled, adjustment using dial on camera, third values also available; Lowest value: 16
  • Bayonet fitting:
    Leica T quick-change bayonet with contact strip for Leica T models
  • Filter mount / Lens hood:
    External bayonet fitting for lens hood (included); internal thread for E52 filters; filter mount does not rotate
  • Storage media:
    16 GB internal memory; SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, multimedia cards
  • Finish:
    Black anodized
  • Dimensions & weight:
    Length to bayonet mount: Approx. 60/99 mm (without/with lens hood); Largest diameter: Approx. 63/73 mm (without / with lens hood); Weight: Approx. 256 / 287 g (without / with lens hood).

Lens, lens hood; Object lid front and back

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.