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Leica Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/18 ASPH. is the Smallest Wide-Angle Pancake Lens in the Market for APS-C Format: Fast AF, Ultra Compact & Very Light

Leica: Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH, silver lens (left); Leica CL camera with Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, black (right)
Leica: Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH, silver lens (left); Leica CL camera with Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, black (right)

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This is an update to the previous blog, Leica CL is a Compact APS-C System Camera: 24MP APS-C Sized Sensor; Built-in Electronic Viewfinder with 2.34 MP Resolution and Eye-Sensor for Automatic Switching Between Viewfinder & Monitor; Fast AF with a 49-Point AF System; 4K Video Recording @ 30fps; Photographic Settings at a Glance Via a Top Display; Touchscreen Controls; Built-in Wi-Fi.

Leica Camera AG has expanded its APS-C System product portfolio as well as its range of TL lenses by adding the Leica CL camera and the compact Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/18 ASPH. wide-angle lens.

Made in Japan, the Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens is available in black or silver anodized.


Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH., silver

Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH., silver

  • This is the smallest wide-angle pancake lens in the market for APS-C format and has “very fast auto focus due to its compact size and optical design.”
  • It measures only 20.5mm (approximately 0.81 inches) in thickness and weighs only 80g (approximately 2.82 ounces).
  • This lens can be used with all Leica L-Mount cameras, APS and SL.
Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH.: 1.1600 s, 100 ISO: Image Courtesy of Leica

Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH.: 1.1600 s, 100 ISO: Image Courtesy of Leica

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Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH.: 1/100 s, 100 ISO: Image Courtesy of Leica

Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH.: 1/100 s, 100 ISO: Image Courtesy of Leica

Technical Specifications

Compatible cameras All Leica Cameras with Leica L bayonet
Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical): Approx. 75º, 65º, 46º, corresponding to 27mm focal length in 35mm format
Optical design Number of lenses / groups: 8 / 6. Aspherical surfaces: 4. Position of entrance pupil at infinity: -12.5mm (in direction of light incidence 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. Smallest object field / Largest scale: Approx. 343 x 228 mm / 1:14
Minimum Focus 0.3 meters
Aperture Setting / Function: Electronically controlled, adjustment using dial on camera, third values also available. Lowest value: 16
Bayonet fitting Leica L quick-change bayonet with contact strip for Leica T/TL/CL/SL models
Filter mount Internal thread for E39 filters, filter mount does not rotate
Finish Black anodized, Silver anodized
Dimensions & weight Length to bayonet mount: Approx. 21mm. Largest diameter: Approx. 61mm. Weight: Approx. 80 grams.



The Leica APS-C System

Leica Camera AG has expanded its APS-C System product portfolio. The Leica TL2 has now been joined by the Leica CL, a further camera with a high-resolution, 24 MP, APS-C format sensor. Also new in the system is the Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/18 ASPH. lens. This wide-angle offers imaging performance and compact dimensions that ideally complement both cameras and is available not only in black, but also in a silver anodised version. Thanks to these new additions, the Leica APS-C System now offers a diversified portfolio of cameras and lenses that combine compact design with exceptional picture quality and enable users to experience a truly special kind of photography.

Both camera models, the Leica CL and the Leica TL2, are made in Germany. In technical terms, they are equals, but could hardly be more different with regard to their design and handling concepts: reflecting the traditions of Leica in the form of the iconic Leica CL and, in contrast, the futuristic look of the Leica TL2.

The Leica CL is an intuitive tool, with all essential controls located on its top plate. In addition to the high-resolution electronic viewfinder, there are two dials for setting the aperture, shutter speed ISO value, and exposure compensation. Everything is so conveniently located that photographs can be made without taking the camera from the eye. An additional display on the top plate instantly provides information about all relevant settings and exposure parameters. Together with the perfectly defined release pressure point, this ensures that users have absolute control over every picture they take with the Leica CL.

The Leica TL2 impresses with its unmistakeable looks, the haptic experience and its handling concept. The heart and soul of the handling concept – from settings, capturing and reviewing images to menu navigation – is a clearly laid out, bright, high-contrast 3.7-inch touchscreen with control functions similar to those of a smartphone. It also has four haptic, ergonomically positioned control elements that enable users to concentrate on composing their subjects without any unnecessary distractions. The creative freedom and convenience offered by the Leica TL2 can also be further expanded with a state-of-the-art Visoflex electronic viewfinder.

Both camera models can take advantage of an extensive portfolio of TL-Lenses. The lenses offer superior imaging performance and are responsible for the exceptionally high picture quality delivered by the Leica APS-C System. The portfolio of compact and fast lenses with focal lengths from 17 to 200 mm offers infinite opportunities for all kinds of creative photography. The elegant simplicity of the design of the three zooms – the Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 1:3.5–4.5/11–23 ASPH., Vario-Elmar-TL 1:3.5–5.6/18–56 ASPH. and the APO-Vario-Elmar-TL 1:3.5–4.5/55–135 ASPH. – and four prime lenses – the Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/18 ASPH., Summicron-TL 1:2/23 ASPH., Summilux-TL 1:1.4/35 ASPH. and the APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60 ASPH. – perfectly complement the Leica CL and the Leica TL2, not only in terms of technology, but also in looks.

Developed by optical engineering specialists in Wetzlar, the Leica TL-Lenses all offer the exceptional imaging performance for which Leica lenses are famed. The combination of optical and precision engineering expertise and the use of finest materials in their construction ensures their constant quality and reliability in use. Thanks to the L-Bayonet mount shared by the Leica TL- and SL-Systems, SL-Lenses can also be used without an adapter on the CL and the TL2. Appropriate adapters are also available for using Leica M- and R-Lenses on the cameras.

An extensive range of technical- and style-accessories ideally complements the APS-C System.

The black version of the Leica CL will be available from the end of November. The Leica TL2 is offered in a choice of two colour options, black and silver.

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