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Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm F4 ASPH Full-Frame Lens (2006)

Neoscore 61%

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Product Overview

Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm F4 ASPH is a manual-focus ultra wide-angle zoom lens for Leica M-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Leica in 2006, it has 10 elements in 7 groups.
Manual focus may be limiting to some, but purists will find it much more engaging. There are also fewer things to go wrong on the long run. Indeed, the Tri-Elmar is one of the only manual focus "zoom lens" still on the market today: it is also the only "zoom" lens for rangefinder.
As an ultra wide-angle lens, this zoom can offer a unique perspective that many will appreciate. Even though the lens is not stabilized, at this focal range it does not usually matter. In fact, some may be able to get cleaner corners without image stabilization.
Some photographers may be disappointed by the fact that the lens does not accept front screw-on filters.

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What we found**

Neoscore: 61% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Unique zoom versatility for rangefinder
  • Reaches 16mm, the widest for Leica M
Cons
  • Dark maximum aperture
  • Low maximum magnification
  • Requires wide-angle viewfinder

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Specifications

Construction

Form Factor
Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Physical aperture ring, Distance scale, DoF scale
Lens Mount
Leica M-mount
Material
metal barrel, metal mount
Optical Formula | Elements
10 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
7 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
2 aspherical elements groups

Function

Angle Of View
107.1° Diagonal | 96.7° Horizontal | 73.7° Vertical (wide) / 91.7° Diagonal | 81.2° Horizontal | 59.5° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/4 ~ f/22
Autofocus
No
Focal Length
16 mm ~ 21 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No

Performance

Max Magnification
0.03x
Min Focus Distance
500 mm / 19.69 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2006-09-14
Made In
Germany

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