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  • Leica APO Telyt-R 180mm f/3.4 (E60) Lens Review
    all Leica lenses APO Telyt R 180mm f 3 4 is a fully manual lens meaning that there are no electronics of any sort that would allow you to control focus or aperture from the camera well this is not entirely true since Leica used to offer APO Telyt along with a number of other lenses with ROM contacts which allowed transferring aperture and focal length settings from the lens to R8 R9 The optical formula of the lens consists of 7 elements in 4 groups The build quality of the lens is superb as expected from a true Leica lens the barrel focusing and aperture rings as well as built in lens shade are made of metal giving the lens solid sturdy look and feel The lens measures 65 x 150mm 2 5 x 5 9in and weighs 750g 1 64lb although the barrel extends when focusing towards closeup And speaking of focusing The focus ring is very smooth it takes about 3 4 of a full circle to go from infinity to closeup and aperture snaps with satisfying click moving in 1 2 f stop increments The minimum focusing distance is 2 5m 8 2ft the minimum supported aperture is f 22 and the filter size is 60mm the lens accepts screw in type filters Given that all Leica reflex lenses were designed for traditional 35mm film cameras the EFOV of the lens on a modern APS C type digital body with a 1 6x crop factor will be 288mm The lens is easily adaptable to a number of alternative mount systems including Canon EOS and Micro Four Thirds systems Within the scope of this review APO Telyt R 180mm f3 4 was tested on APS C type Canon 400D and full frame Canon 5D and Canon 5DMk2 cameras Summary Lens Composition 7 elements in 4 groups Angular Field 14 degrees Minimum Focus 2 5m 8 2ft Focusing Action MF f stop Scale f 3 4 f 22 manual Filter Size 60mm Lens Hood Built in Weight 750g 1 64lb Dimensions 65x150mm 2 5x5 9 Lens Case None Handling Simple is beautiful and many of Leica s manual lenses follow this convention quite closely Considering that all Leica reflex lenses of the past are fully manual there is not that much that can be said about how they handle The APO Telyt R is a moderately heavy for its focal length lens The extra weight comes from the all metal construction of the body rather then the optical complexity of the lens The barrel is fairly narrow for a 180mm lens both Elmarit R 180mm and Summicron R 180mm are wider and are also heavier partially because they are faster and need to use larger glass elements and partially because they use more complex optical constructions On smaller cameras like Canon 400D as well as moderately large cameras like Canon 5D 5DMk2 this means that APO Telyt R 180mm f 3 4 does not balance particularly well with

    Original URL path: http://slrlensreview.com/web/reviews/leica-lenses/leica-telephoto/423-leica-apo-telyt-r-180mm-f34-e60-lens-review (2016-02-18)
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  • Leica Elmarit-R 135mm f/2.8 (E55) Lens Review
    goes from the closeup to the infinity in 250 degrees with more precise spacing towards the closeup The lens sports an engraved DOF scale which is also common to all manual and few AF lenses The scale is engraved on a non moving part of the lens between the aperture and focus rings and is wide enough to provide a comfortable grip to hold the lens when focusing or switching apertures Image quality wise Leica Elmarit R 135mm f 2 8 E55 produced pretty good results in the field Images remained quite sharp in the center across the aperture range Borders were a tidbit softer with wide open aperture but the difference was not very significant ISO 400 1 80 f 2 8 135mm Canon 5D When shot with wide open aperture Leica Elmarit R 135mm f 2 8 E55 produced well rounded and predominantly neutrally lit out of focus highlights Predominantly since once in a while you d see a harshly lit edge Contrast transitions in OOF areas were a little bit on a harsher end but there was no sign of double edging around fore back ground objects Vignetting f 2 8 full frame vs 1 6x crop 135mm The lens showed pretty noticeable vignetting on a full frame camera with wide open aperture Vignetting is still visible at f 4 but pretty much disappears by f 5 6 On an APS C camera vignetting is pretty minimal if non existent at f 2 8 and not visible starting at f 4 General color reproduction was quite decent images carried sufficient amount of contrast throughout the aperture range Textures did not look particularly vivid or saturated but they were not washed out either There was some noticeable color fringing primarily around borders but the lens held up nicely against axial CA halation which was not visible throughout the aperture range And both flare as well as distortion were under control with no visible sign of either ISO 100 1 3200 f 2 8 135mm 100 crop Title Title Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews leica lenses leica telephoto 493 leica elmarit r 135mm f28 e55 lens review sigProGalleriaa41dd29989 Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C Leica Elmarit R 135mm f 2 8 E55 showed pretty decent performance on an APS C body Center image resolution was quite good throughout the aperture range although performance peeked in the f 4 f 8 range Border image quality was lagging somewhat especially at wider apertures where quality was OK but not very impressive Quality improved with stopped down aperture and reached its maximum around f 5 6 where the lens is capable of producing excellent 16in and decent 24in prints Conclusion The lens shows pretty solid overall results it s not the

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  • Leica Elmarit-R 180mm f/2.8 (E67) Lens Review
    Lens Hood Metal built in Weight 810g 1 78lb Dimensions 75x121mm 2 9x4 76 Lens Case N A Field Tests Leica Elmarit R 180mm f 2 8 E67 showed pretty good overall performance in the field with images staying quite sharp in the center throughout the tested aperture settings on both APS C as well as FF cameras Border image quality seemed to be a little bit off with wide open aperture but the difference was pretty minimal barely even noticeable Vignetting f 2 8 full frame vs 1 6x crop 200mm The lens showed moderate level of vignetting on a full frame body at f 2 8 This is rather disappointing considering that we re dealing with a telephoto lens here Vignetting is reduced a bit by f 4 but does not completely go away until f 5 6 On an APS C body the lens takes advantage of the smaller sensor and shows basically no vignetting throughout the aperture range Color reproduction was pretty accurate in general images carried good amount of contrast throughout the tested aperture range The lens showed occasional color fringing around borders and fell prone to some flare There was no visible distortion which is not very surprising for a telephoto lens ISO 100 1 4000 f 2 8 180mm 100 crop Title Title Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews leica lenses leica telephoto 480 leica elmarit r 180mm f28 e67 lens review sigProGalleriadb6b2fc0c0 Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C Leica Elmarit R 180mm f 2 8 showed pretty solid performance on an APS C body Center performance was already quite good with the wide open aperture and even slightly nudging higher with stopped down aperture Border image quality was OK at f 2 8 but certainly left some room for improvement Fortunately border quality improved with stopped down aperture reaching quite respectable levels by f 4 and peaking around f 8 Performance across the frame was most balanced in the f 5 6 f 11 range where the gap between the center and borders was the lowest At its peak around f 8 the lens is capable of producing outstanding 19in prints while in the f 5 6 f 11 range it would be able to deliver decent 24in prints Conclusion Not bad performance in general The lens suffers around borders at f 2 8 which is disappointing but ohhh so common Still this is a Leica lens so things are somewhat less foregivable from my perspective MTF50 Line Width Inch on the Print 180mm Normalized raw MTF50 180mm The lens showed good handling of chromatic aberration on an APS C camera Center CA was quite low averaging 0 5px across the entire tested aperture range Border CA was a bit higher at

    Original URL path: http://slrlensreview.com/web/reviews/leica-lenses/leica-telephoto/480-leica-elmarit-r-180mm-f28-e67-lens-review (2016-02-18)
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  • Leica Summicron-R 90mm f/2 (E55) Lens Review
    this lens The serial number of the tested lens is 3342985 The E55 variant of Summicron is quite readily available on the used markets like eBay with good copies selling around US 450 as of October 2007 The optical construction of the lens consists of 5 elements in 5 groups quite a simple design when compared to some modern alternatives like Canon EF 85mm f 1 8 which has 9 elements in 7 groups or Nikkor 85mm f 1 4D IF which has 9 elements in 8 groups The build quality of the lens is superb as expected from a Leica lens and rivals anything you can find on the market The metal barrel is super solid as are the focusing and aperture rings The lens looks and feels very sturdy almost heavyweight measuring 59 x 70cm 2 3 x 2 7in and weighing 550g 19 4oz Although the barrel extends a bit towards close up adding another 20mm or so to the total length The minimum supported aperture is f 22 the minimum focusing range is 68cm 2 25ft and the filter size is 55mm As most Leica R lenses Summicron 90mm f 2 E55 is easily adaptable to a number of alternative mount systems including Canon and Micro Four Thirds You can in theory adapt it to Nikon system as well but you d need to replace the mount since Leica s register flange is too close to Nikon s to use a regular adapter Within the scope of this review the lens was tested on Canon s 10Mp APS C type 400D 12Mp and 21Mp full frame Canon 5D and 5DMk2 cameras Since the lens was designed for traditional 35mm cameras if you re using it on APS C type body with 1 6x crop factor the EFOV of the lens will be 144mm Summary Lens Composition 5 elements in 5 groups Angular Field 27 degrees Minimum Focus 68cm 2 25ft Focusing Action MF f stop Scale f 2 f 22 manual Filter Size 55mm Lens Hood None Weight 550g 19 4lb Dimensions 59x70mm 2 3x2 7 Lens Case None Handling Leica s lenses always feel like a solid chunk of glass and metal fused in a high tech lab and Summicron R 90mm f 2 E55 is no exception here The feel of precision when you rotate the focusing ring resistance of the telescopic built in hood satisfying clicks of the aperture ring all leave an impression of quality engineering particularly when you compare this lens to other lenses in the class Only Carl Zeiss and to a much lesser degree Voigtlander lenses leave you with similar feelings but even then Leica reigns supreme in build quality Not to say that the lens is completely without drawbacks the metal knurled focusing ring is fairly thin and is a little bit uncomfortable to grip The ring itself rotates for about 270 degrees when going from the infinity to the closeup giving you sufficient amount of precision during

    Original URL path: http://slrlensreview.com/web/reviews/leica-lenses/leica-telephoto/417-leica-summicron-r-90mm-f2-e55-lens-review (2016-02-18)
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  • Leica Summilux-R 80mm f/1.4 (E67) Lens Review
    telephoto measuring 69 x 75mm 2 7 x 2 9in and weighing 700g 1 54lb Of course it is nowhere as heavy or bulky as say Canon s infamous EF 85mm f 1 2L Mk2 The overall length of the lens does not stay constant and the inner cams extend a little bit when focusing towards the closeup The mnimum focusing distance is 80cm 2 6ft giving max magnification of 1 8 the minimum supported aperture is f 16 The lens accepts screw in type 67mm filters The lens can be adapted to a number of alternative mount cameras The easiest adaptation is for Canon and Four Thirds systems here all you need to do is find an appropriate adapter and you re good to go The lens can be adapted to Nikon and even Sony systems but you would need to replace the mount of the lens which is obviously not something we can recommend Within the scope of this review the lens was tested on 12Mp and 24Mp full frame and 10Mp APS C type Canon bodies Summary Lens Composition 7 elements in 5 groups Angular Field 30 degrees Minimum Focus 80cm 2 6ft Focusing Action MF f stop Scale f 1 4 f 16 manual Filter Size 67mm Lens Hood Built in metal Weight 700g 1 54lb Dimensions 69x75mm 2 7x2 9 Lens Case N A Handling The mechanical construction of Leica R lenses is simply suprb and as I have been noting in my other reviews there is no other lens manufacturer out there that puts as much effort into the build quality as Leica Carl Zeiss comes a close second in my opinion and Cosino Voigtlander third All other mainstream manufacturers like Canon Nikon Sigma etc have long moved away from all metal lens constraction to incorporate composite materials into their lenses making them cheaper to manufacture but also lighter and more importantly less durable But with very little variance in build quality of Leica R lenses describing their handling gets kind of repetitive after a while yep same great chunk of glass wrapped into a bullet proof chunk of metal with all parts moving with German precision Summilux R 80mm f 1 4 is fairly stocky lens it is slightly smaller then most modern 85mm lenses of similar speed available out there My guess is that this is predominantly because of the lack of AF drive and a fairly simple optical formula for example Canon s 85mm f 1 8 as well as Nikon s 85mm f 1 4 have 9 elements against Leica s 7 But because of the all metal build the lens rivals any other modern 85mm in its weight some might like that others not so much Even when mounted on a larger camera like Canon 5D the lens is a little bit front heavy particularly when the barrel is fully extended Of course even despite its chunkiness Leica Summilux0R is no heaviweight in the world of lenses and would

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  • Leica Telyt-R 250mm f/4
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  • Leica APO Macro-Elmarit-R 100mm f/2.8 (E60) Lens Review
    a blast from an atomic bomb The weight is distributed pretty evenly across the length of the lens though so even when fully extended it does not feel front heavy The lens showed outstanding performance in the field Image resolution was top notch throughout the frame and across all aperture ranges very encouraging in general considering that most lenses typically struggle a bit at wider apertures Not so with Leica images remained sharpon both full frame as well as APS C cameras Moreover image quality did not seem to vary from closeup all the way to the infinity meaning that the lens is optimized for the entire supported distance range although the border sharpness is obviously hard to characterize when the lens is shot at close distances and wide open aperture Color reproduction was simply amazing probably one of the best and most accurate among all lenses fixed focals or zooms tested so far Colors were rich and well saturated creating vivid life like patterns and giving an impression of three dimensionality Images carried good amount of contrast even in most difficult lightning situations leaving basically no room for post processing improvements of any sort ISO 400 1 125 f 2 8 100mm Canon 5D Bokeh handling was somewhat of a mixed bag though Out of focus highlights were pretty uniform but did occasionally show a bit of harsh edging This is typical in lenses that were over corrected for spherical aberration but the effect was not too distracting At very close macro level distances the lens showed good background foreground separation although anything beyond 80cm produced rather average transitions with both foreground and background objects remaining pretty well defined as can be seen from the shot above 80cm focusing distance to the target On a positive note there was no visible double edging around OOF objects Vignetting f 2 8 full frame vs 1 6x crop The lens showed negligible amount of vignetting on a full frame Canon 5D with wide open aperture which disappears once you stop down the lens to f 4 On an APS C body Leica APO Macro Elmarit R does not exhibit any vignetting throughout the aperture range which does not come as a surprise for a medium telephoto The lens also held up very nicely against color fringing which was all but absent even around borders at wider aperture levels both on APS C and FF cameras Distortion was also non existent and the lens did not exhibit any flare although you might still want to consider using a lens shade when there s too much stray light fortunately the lens shade is conveniently built into your lens so it s just a matter of popping it out of the front of the barrel Overall really amazing performance ISO 100 1 400 f 2 8 100mm 100 crop Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews leica lenses leica macro 418 leica apo macro elmarit r

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  • Leica Macro-Elmarit-R 60mm f/2.8 (S8) Lens Review
    distance of 24cm the lens actually becomes almost unwieldy Well you get the point But at least Leica offers a 1 1 macro adapter if you re a user of the new Carl Zeiss Makro Planar T 50mm f 2 or its longer version Makro Planar T 100mm f 2 then I m afraid you re stuck with 1 2 macro at best As far as the macro quality the shots below which were taken at the 1 2 macro distance show that the image quality remains pretty consistent throughout the aperture range Naturally at its widest aperture the lens has a pretty narrow depth of field so comparing border image quality is pretty fruitless One thing that was curious though is that the lens seemed to produce somewhat warmer color palette especially when compared to macro lenses from its chief rival Carl Zeiss This trend actually continued at non macro distances as well and the lens in general produced warmer colors more reminiscent of a Canon lens then a Leica one Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews leica lenses leica macro 445 leica macro elmarit r 60mm f28 s8 lens review sigProGalleriab09bffc355 Setting aside the image quality at macro distances the lens actually performed quite well in the field Image quality on both APS C as well as FF cameras was pretty good across the tested aperture ranges Images were more or less uniform across the image frame although borders seemed a little bit soft at wider apertures The different though was pretty subtle to the naked eye ISO 400 1 60 f 2 8 60mm Canon 5D When shot with wide open aperture the lens produced round uniformly lit out of focus highlights The highlights however often carried pretty pronounced outligning around edges which is common in lenses with over correction for spherical aberration Contrast transitions in OOF areas remained pretty harsh and there there was a minor hint of double edging around far OOF objects Vignetting f 2 8 full frame vs 1 6x crop 60mm On a full frame camera the lens showed moderate level of vignetting with wide open aperture Vignetting is reduced with stopped down aperture and by f 5 6 it pretty much becomes non existent On an APS C type body with cropped sensor the lens showed basically no vignetting throughout the aperture range Flare control was quite well under control on both APS C as well as FF cameras which is not surprising for a macro lens of this focal length The worst manifestation of flare with a strong direct light source in or near the frame was reduced contrast which obviously cannot really be avoided The shot below shows probably the worst case of flare I was able to observe in the lens Here the sun was positioned straight above building on the left side of the frame hitting the lens under 45 degrees You

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