The Leica Vario-Elmarit-
The Leica Vario-Elmarit-
Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35 f/3.5-4.5 ASPH Full Review
Have been shooting the Leica 16-35mm SL Lens pretty much since it first shipped.
Below is my full review, complete with full size samples – as always!
Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35 f/3.5-4.5 ASPH Preview
If you are reading this then you know that Leica has recently started shipping the Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35 f/3.5-4.5 ASPH lens in limited quantities. The other day, I managed to get a hold of one, so here we have a limited preview of the lens. The full review will be published as soon as I have had a chance to thoroughly shoot the lens and examine it’s attributes.
I purchased this lens because I was tired of using manual focus lenses with adapters. I have recently been to Myanmar with the A7s and a Leica 80-200mm F/4.0 lens. The Leica did produce quite exceptional results, but I experienced a lot of critical focus misses. This is the rub of MF lenses. So, here we are with some initial thoughts on the Sony FE 70-200mm OSS F/4.0 G Lens. The lens is white along the lines of the Canon telephoto lenses. It is a relatively light lens for its focal length range, and so far the AF seems to be quite quick.
The Sony 10-18mm or SEL1018 is a fairly large high quality zoom lens for the Sony NEX E mount system. The lens is a constant F/4.0 throughout the zoom range. The lens ships with caps, a petal shaped hood, box and a one year warranty in most juristrictions. It is compatible with all Sony NEX Cameras.
The lens specifications are as follows:
Lens Type : E-mount 10-18mm F4
Lens Mount Type : Sony E-mount
Aperture : f/4- F/22
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : 15-27 mm
Lens Construction : 8-10
Minimum Focus Distance : 9.84″ (0.25m)
Angle of View : 109°-76° (APS-C)
Aperture Blade : 7 blades (Circular aperture)
Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length) : 2-7/8 x 2-1/2″ (70.0 x 63.5 mm)
Distance Encoder : Yes
The lens has a threaded filter diameter of 62 mm. We tested the lens with a 6mm B+W MRC Circular Polarizer with no vignetting evident at the 10mm setting.
Sony’s reported weight is 8oz (225g), I am going to assume that this number is without caps, hood, etc… My scale shows this, and I call this bag weight:
We tested this lens on a NEX5n and the results were very very good. I think that it will be even better on the NEX6! This is a small, light zoom that covers the 35-70mm range for full frame. On a NEX crop it becomes 53-100mm equivalent. This lens demonstrates little lateral chromatic abberations, little fall off, and excellent colour contrast. You can expect the famous contax “look” and sharpness. Critical to any adapted lens is the adapter. We used a Kipon type adapter that allows the lens to reach infinity focus at the correct point.