Leica Camera expands its Leica SL lens portfolio with the addition of the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–70 f/2.8 ASPH. Zoom lens, which will be offered alone and with the SL2 and SL2-S cameras.

Two views of the new Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–70 f/2.8 ASPH. Zoom lens. (Source: Leica Camera.)

The new lens will have broad appeal as it is able to capture reportage, travel, studio, architectural and landscape photography, as well as portraits, close-ups, and video content. Its optical design consists of 19 elements in 15 groups and includes three double-sided aspherical elements. The internal focusing system is based on a single, lightweight lens element, with a silent stepping motor to deliver fast and precise autofocusing. The metal body and weather-resistant sealing make the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–70 f/2.8 ASPH usable in virtually any environment and ideal for outdoor landscape and adventure photographers.

The compact dimensions of the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–70 f/2.8 ASPH. are made possible by the omission of in-lens optical image stabilisation. When the lens is mounted on the SL2 or SL2-S, the camera’s stabilised image sensor provides effective stabilisation while affording the lens its smaller size and lower weight. Eleven diaphragm blades create a consistently attractive, circular bokeh to make subjects stand out from the background, while its minimum focusing distance of 18 cm provides a magnification of up to 0.34x when shooting at close range.

The new lens is 123 mm long with a maximum diameter or 88 mm and weight of 856 grams.  It accepts 82 mm filters. RRP in Australia is AU$4200. Click here for more information.