Meet the Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit

Meet the new 90-280mm APO-Vario-Elmarit F2.8-4. Many of you who have already purchased the Leica SL and many of you that are looking to purchase the Leica SL have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this high-performance tele-zoom lens from Leica. Of course, we knew about the 90-280mm lens when the Leica SL announce several months back. I assumed that this tele-photo lens would be like the SL Body and 24-90, fast, durable, and and best performing in its class.

The 90-280 will have the best build quality of any tele-photo lens in this range. Leica has been able to incorporate the use of a dual internal focus system and free floating elements that allow the lens to both focus and zoom internally without changing the shape or size of the lens. This brings with it many advantages. First, the lens will be better balanced while using it on a tripod. Second, internal focus and zooming allow for more effective weather sealing. A common issue with the 24-90 SL lens and the 30-90 S lens, as with all zoom lenses is that they act like a vacuum cleaner, sucking dust into the body of the camera and polluting the sensor. Finally, the 90-280 SL lens’ internal focusing makes easier use of drop in filter systems such as Lee Filters to Matte boxes and ND filters for cinematic production.

The SL 90-280, like the 24-90mm SL lens will feature both silent and fast autofocus for precise auto focusing in any situation. The 90-280 also features internal image stabilization allowing for several stops of safety when shooting at slower shutter speeds. At 2.7 feet the close focus distance on the new 90-280mm is fantastic. The 90-280 will ship with a rotating tripod collar and hood. Like the 24-90 SL lens, the 90-280 APO-Vario-Elmarit is made in Wetzlar, Germany.

We are extremely excited to ship the Leica SL 90-280mm APO-Vario-Elmarit. The addition of this lens makes the Leica SL even more desirable to those who are looking for the best performance a full frame camera can offer. To reserve yours today please contact us directly. Stay tuned for a full review. 

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