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

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


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Key Features

  • Focal Range: 24-70mm
  • Constant Maximum Aperture: f2.8
  • High Imaging Performance
  • Corrected Chromatic Aberrations
  • Miniumum Focus Distance: 18cm
  • Fast and near-silent Autofocus
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MPN Code 11189
EAN Code 4022243111899
SKU 27818

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

Leica's brand new Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 f2.8 ASPH is part of their L-Mount lens range. Designed to be compact and fast, this standard zoom lens is an ideal addition to any Leica photographer's or videographer's portfolio.

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Compact Standard Zoom

The new 24-70mm f/2.8 is extremely compact for a zoom lens. It fits comfortably onto any L-Mount Leica camera with minimal disturbance to the balance of the camera in your hand. This makes it a perfect travel lens for those wanting to photograph on the go with a lens that responds quickly to any shooting scenario without needing to change lenses. 

  • image looking through a tunnel in a city onto a marketsquare
  • vario-elmarit 24-70 f2.8 lens on an SL2 camera laid on pillows

Lens Construction

The lens is constructed out of 19 elements in 15 groups, including three aspherical lens elements which correct monochromatic aberations, as well as nine elements made from glasses with anomlaous partial dispertion for the correction of chormatic aberations. A single lightweight lens element moves for fast, virtually lag-free autofocus.  The 11 aperture blades then ensure harmonious bokeh for endless creative compostions.  

Constant Aperture

Enjoy a constant aperture of f2.8 at any focal range. Whether you are shooting an extreme close up or telephoto, this lens can always be opened up to f2.8 no matter what focusing distance is selected. Additionally, shoot confidently, even in low light at f2.8 with minimal disturbance. This option opens up creative possibilities for portraiture and product photography by highlighting the desired subject and surrounding them with a blurred background with natural and creamy bokeh. 

      • woman sat in window sill, looking out at window with a drink
      • long exposure of a waterfall

Corrected Chromatic Aberrations

The Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm f/2.8 is constructed of glass elements including three aspherical (ASPH) lens elements. This vastly helps the lens correct focusing aberrations and create crisp focus from corner to corner. Chromatic Aberrations are fixed by the nine elements of anomalous glass that make up the construction of the lens. 

        • cityscape at sunset
        • cityscape at night

18cm Minimum Focusing Distance

Get close and personal with your chosen subject. The 24-70 Vario Elmarit has an impressive minimum focusing distance of just 18cm. Perfect for macro photography and extreme close up shots. Pair this with the f2.8 for sharp highlighted points of view in your photography. 

Fast and Quiet AF

Leica is well known for it’s impressive fast and quiet autofocus systems. The 24-70 lens is no different. The stepping motor autofocus system is extremely fast so that photographing is free from lag and you can ensure that your equipment is moving as fast as you are. The near-silent autofocus is unobtrusive and precise, working harmoniously with the Leica S, SL2 or SL2-S, as well as any other camera with an L-Mount bayonet.

Key Features

  • Focal Range: 24-70mm
  • Aperture Range: 2.8-22
  • 19 elements in 15 groups
  • High Imaging Performance
  • Corrected Chromatic Aberrations
  • Miniumum Focus Distance: 18cm
  • Fast and near-silent Autofocus 
  • L-Mount Bayonet

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What’s in the box?

  • Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 f/2.8 ASPH Lens
  • Lens Front Cap
  • Lens Rear Cap
  • Lens Hood (metal)
  • Lens Pouch
  • Instructions


What does Vario-Elmarit-SL mean?

Leica names their lenses based on a few different qualities. This is how this lens breaks down:

Vario = zoom lens

Elmarit = aperture of f2.8

SL = made for a full frame sensor

What does Constant Aperture mean?

Constant Aperture means that no matter what focal distance you select to take your image at, the maximum aperture that you can open this too is always f2.8. You can however change the aperture number, just because it is constant does not mean it is fixed and you can therefore expand the amount you have in focus just as you can on most other lenses. 

What is this lens best for?

The standard 24-70mm zoom makes it a perfect all-rounder lens. We think it will be a great travel companion though. 

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