Leica Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. CS

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Leica Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. CS

Broaden your horizons

The Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. is equivalent, in 35 mm format, to a 24 mm super-wide-angle lens with a correspondingly expansive field of view. This, and its very fast initial aperture, makes it an ideal lens for exploring the enormous creative potentials of unusual perspectives and selective planes of focus.

When constructing super-wide lenses, immense effort must be invested to keep aberrations such as distortion or vignetting as low as possible. Five of the thirteen lenses arranged in nine groups have anomalous partial dispersion, and three of these are fluoride lenses with particularly low dispersion (colour scattering) characteristics for the correction of chromatic aberration. Two lenses are also elaborately manufactured with aspherical surfaces.

Rear-group focusing ensures consistently outstanding image performance throughout the entire focusing range and no change in the length of the lens when focusing. On top of this, its special construction provides effective protection against water droplets and dust.

Just like all other S-Lenses, the Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. is designed and constructed for maximum contrast rendition at maximum aperture, an attribute that can only be increased very slightly, and only in the extreme corners of images, by stopping down. For a lens with such a wide angle of view, its very low vignetting of only 1.5 stops and distortion of only 2.8 % (both at infinity) is negligible in practical use. Thanks to its superior imaging qualities, the creative potential offered by this super-wide-angle lens can be exploited to the full without compromise.

This is the CS version of the lens, which has a central shutter, also known as a leaf shutter, built-in. The central shutter allows the S camera to sync with a flash unit at any shutter speed up to and including 1/1000th of a second. This provides the photographer with exceptional control when balancing ambient and strobe lighting.


The essentials:

  • Innovative central lock for maximum design freedom when using additional light
  • For creative compositions
  • Excellent imaging performance over the entire distance range and in all f-stops
  • Extremely bright
  • Best image quality to the edge through aspherical optics
  • Seal against dust and spray water
  • Made in Germany


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  • Lens type:
    High-speed wide angle lens with 2 aspherical lens surfaces for outstanding reproduction on Leica S cameras
  • Compatible Camera:
    Leica S models
  • Image View:
    Approx. 84°, 74°, 53°(diagonal, horizontal, vertical), corresponding to approx. 24mm in 35mm format
  • Optical Design:
    Number of lens elements and groups 13/9, 2 aspherical surfaces, position of entrance pupil 33,3mm (from 1st lens element)
  • Distance range:
     0,5m to 8
  • Smallest object field:
     330 mm x 495 mm
  • Scales:
    Combined scale meter/feet
  • Largest Reproduction ratio:
    Approx.1 : 11
  • Aperture:
    Electronically controlled diaphragm, selection dial on camera, including half values
  • Lowest value:
  • Central Shutter:
    Built-in shutter mechanism range: 125 secs to 1/1000th of a sec Flash sync at all speeds
  • Filter Mount:
    Internal thread for E82 filter; filter mount does not rotate
  • Lens Hood:
    Lens hood (included), bayonet mount
  • Surface Finish:
    Black anodized
  • Dimensions:
    Length to bayonet mount approx.128/156mm (without/with lens hood); Largest diameter approx. 88/132mm (without/with lens hood) 
  • Weight:
    Approx. 1060g / 37.4 oz

Lens, lens cover S E82, lens back cover S, lens bag, lens hood

Limited Warranty:
Leica Camera AG (‘LEICA’) provides a one-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.