Leica Camera AG has unveiled a new wide-angle lens, the Leica Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH.
Attaining class-leading critical levels of performance in all measurable areas, the Leica Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH sets new standards for wide-angle focal lengths in the medium format category.
With this addition, the lens portfolio for the Leica S medium format system is now comprised of nine lenses (six of which are also available in a CS variant) with focal lengths ranging from 24 mm to 180 mm, assuring uncompromising imaging quality in almost all situations. Leica is also offering firmware updates FW 126.96.36.199 for the Leica S and FW 188.8.131.52 for the Leica S2 and S2-P, ensuring the optimum functionality of this new lens.
The equivalent angle of view of the Leica Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH. corresponds to that of a classic 35 mm lens for 35 mm photography. Its moderate wide-angle with neutral reproduction of perspectives makes this versatile lens not only ideal for landscapes and architectural photography, but also in the studio or on location. At the same time, the Leica Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH.’s fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 makes it an optimal tool for available-light photography and the conscious use of selective planes of focus.
The Leica Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH. was developed to meet the stringent demands that professional users place on a camera system in their everyday photographic work and guarantees superior image quality. It offers maximum contrast rendition, highest resolution and extremely low distortion, even wide open. This lens also offers excellent control of flare to ensure high-contrast images, even when shooting a backlit subject.
The Leica Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH., with and without an integrated central shutter, will be available in the UK from authorised Leica dealers from October 2013. The lens is supplied complete with a rectangular lens hood optimised for the ray paths of light entering the optical system. The suggested retail price for the Leica Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH. without an integrated central shutter is £4,650 including VAT; the SRP for the lens with central shutter is £5,500 including VAT.
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