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Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 f/2.8 ASPH Lens

Neoscore 70%NEX score 77%

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Product Overview

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 f/2.8 ASPH is a full-frame large-aperture standard zoom lens for Leica's L-mount mirrorless system. The first zoom lens to keep its f/2.8 aperture throughout its zoom range, the Vario-elmarit-SL 24-70 is arguably the most versatile lens for Leica SL (another candidate would be the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90 f/2.8-4).
Compared to the latest offerings from the competition, the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 comes with a similar feature set, including 11 aperture blades and robust weather sealing.
This Leica lens' unique features include its focus mechanism and minimum focusing distance: With a linear motor, the 24-70 f/2.8 ASPH moves a single, small lens element for focusing. This affords it thunderous autofocus performance. Additionally, the lens can focus as close as 18cm at the wide end, which can prove useful for background separation in wide-angle closeup shots.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 70% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Weather-sealed
  • Beautiful construction
  • Good image quality
Cons
  • On the heavy side
  • External zoom without zoom lock

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 77% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent optics
  • Quick autofocus
  • Dust, splash, and fluorine protection
Cons
  • Lacks stabilization
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
11 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Standard Zoom Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
L-mount
Material
Anodized aluminum
Motor
Stepper motor
Optical Formula | Elements
19 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
15 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
3 aspherical elements groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
82 mm / 3.23 in
Size | Diameter
88 mm / 3.46 in
Size | Length
123 mm / 4.84 in
Weight
856 g / 30.25 oz

Function

Angle Of View
84.1° Diagonal | 73.7° Horizontal | 53.1° Vertical (wide) ~ 34.4° Diagonal | 28.8° Horizontal | 19.5° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/2.8 ~ f/22
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
24 mm ~ 70 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes
Zoom Type
External zoom

Performance

Max Magnification
0.34x
Min Focus Distance
180 mm / 7.09 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2021-05-06
Made In
Germany

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External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm looks, feels, and handles just like the company's made-in-Germany SL lenses. This one is made in Japan, like the Sigma lens from which it borrows its optical formula. It's a full-frame lens, so it's a better fit for the SL2 or SL2-S, but you can pair it with the Leica CL.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent optics
  • Dust, splash, and fluorine protection
  • Quick autofocus
Cons
  • Lacks stabilization

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm F2.8 ASPH. Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/leica-vario-elmarit-sl-24-70mm-f28-asph. 2021-08-12. Retrieved 2021-08-12.

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