28mm Elmart f/2.8

Elmarit-R 28 mm f/2.8 ROM

Elmarit-R 28 mm f/2.8 ROM. A stellar performer and currently in 2011 the best lens in the world in its focal length and maximum aperture in terms of power of resolution, contrast and superb capturing of details and textures of the subjects on the whole image surface, both in the center and corners, even at full aperture f/2.8, reaching its optimum image quality at f/4 and f/5.6. It was launched into market in 1994 and features 8 elements in 7 groups, with a floating element which greatly helps to attain an impressive quality of image also in the nearest focusing distances.

A highly versatile and compact lens, delivering exceptional image quality throughout its focusing range, from 30 cm to infinite, with a very low weight of 310 g. The correction of aberrations is absolutely top-notch and it sports a high quality sliding lens hood.

Besides, Leica has managed to reduce the vignetting figures of this wideangle lens to almost zero, even at full f/2.8 aperture in the extreme corners!, which is another optical feat fulfilled by the legendary German firm. Pay attention to the wonderful lens shade made with top-notch quality materials.

Extremely compact and light-weight, the Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M Aspherical Lens is currently the most compact lens in the line-up of Leica M-system lenses. This lens is practically distortion-free in the whole focus range from 2.3″ (0.7 m) to infinity and only extends slightly into the viewfinder field of M cameras.

This lens has been updated with the “6-bit” coding, which allows the digital M camera to read this information optically and to identify which lens is being used. The camera can then (optionally) apply a “final stage” software based vignetting correction (for RAW images the lens used is simply recorded, no change is made).

Popular wide-angle choice for the Leica M-series
Used on the digital M8 it produces the effect of a 35mm lens, which makes it ideal for reportage.
Includes “6-bit code” which allows the digital M8 camera to identify which lens is being used, and also to store this information in image metadata