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Leica unveils Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm F3.5-4.5 ASPH zoom lens for the SL system

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:00:00 Z

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In the midst of all the NAB video news, Leica has unveiled a little something for the photography crowd. Meet the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm F3.5-4.5 ASPH lens, an ultra-wide angle zoom lens that promises "performance and versatility, coupled with quick and quiet autofocus" for users of Leica's full-frame mirrorless Leica SL.

Leica hopes the Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35 will be a "go-to" lens for a variety of uses: from landscapes and architecture, to weddings, concerts, and even reportage and documentary photography.

Inside the lens barrel you'll find 18 elements in 12 groups, including two aspherical elements and three elements "made from glass with anomalous partial dispersion." This optical formula is paired with a specially developed focusing drive with stepping motor and linear positioning that, paired with a single dedicated focusing element, promises to deliver fast and quiet autofocus.

Here's a closer look at the lens from all angles:

We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. Images in these galleries have been viewed over a million times by you, our readers. In fact, our #4 gallery received a total of 1.4 million views – and it belongs to the Leica M10.

Pricey as it is, this camera is both capable of excellent image quality and really enjoyable to shoot with – read our first impressions review. We think it's the best digital Leica ever made and one heck of a travel companion. Barney brought it along with him to explore Japan and came back with many of the images shown above.

Top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017

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#7: Olympus Tough TG-5
#6: Sigma 85mm F1.4
#5: Fujifilm X-T20
#4: Leica M10
#3: Fujifilm X100F
#2: Sony a9
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