Leica has expanded its SL-System, announcing the Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16–35mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. ultra-wide angle zoom lens, price tag $5,495.
The new Leica lens boasts a construction of 18 elements in 12 groups, which includes two aspherical elements to help keep monochromatic aberrations at bay.
Leica says the Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16–35mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. benefits from a new focusing drive, including a stepping motor and linear positioning, which are light weight and move a single, dedicated glass focusing element that helps the lens achieve faster autofocus.
It also uses three elements made from glass with anomalous partial dispersion correct chromatic aberration.
Leica says it has also improved the mount geometry and used an AquaDura front lens coating that can withstand poor weather conditions. The lens barrel also does not extend when zooming, which also helps to protect it from the elements.
The Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16–35mm f/3.5–4.5 now gives the Leica SL System a range of focal lengths from 16 to 280mm.
Leica says the new Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16–35mm lens is aimed at Landscape and architectural photographers, as well as wedding, event and documentary photographers, and will be available from its release date on April 23.