Leica has announced the Elmarit-S 45mm f/2.8 ASPH lens for its S-series of medium format cameras and revealed its plans to release the optic by the end of this month.
Photographers have been somewhat disappointed by Leica in recent times, as the company continues to launch mediocre, but expensive products.
Users would love to switch to the M-mount, for example, and experience the optical quality of the German manufacturer, but there are few reasons to do that now, especially when considering the prices of the products.
Either way, Leica does not seem to mind as it has launched a new and very expensive lens. Without further ado, behold the Leica 45mm f/2.8 ASPH lens for medium format cameras.
Leica announces Elmarit-S 45mm f/2.8 ASPH lens for medium format cameras
Leica’s new optic will be compatible with all S-mount shooters and will provide a 35mm equivalent of 35mm, pushing Leica to claim that this is a wide-angle lens.
The company says that the lens is “ideal” for landscape and architectural types of photography. However, it can also handle studio shooting among others.
Leica 45mm f/2.8 ASPH lens keeps flare under control and distortions to a minimum
Leica says that the Elmarit-S 45mm f/2.8 ASPH lens is built around the idea of providing the highest image quality possible at this time.
The new optic comes with the best available contrast rendition and distortions are kept to a minimum.
Moreover, flare and other effects are kept under close guard, in order to make sure that photos of blacklit subjects turn out amazing.
S-mount medium format cameras require firmware update to support new lens
Leica’s medium format devices will have to be upgraded in order to be compatible with the new lens.
As a result, the firmware version 184.108.40.206 has been released for download for the S, while the S2 and S2-P are upgradeable to firmware version 220.127.116.11.
Leica Elmarit-S 45mm f/2.8 ASPH lens comes with an electronic-controlled iris and an aperture ring. Its minimum focusing range stands at 60 centimeters.
It is worth noting that this is a pretty heavy lens, weighing 1,030 grams with a central shutter and 1,110 grams without it.
The former model will become available for £5,500, while the latter will be released for £4,650 in Europe by the end of October.