Leica R Series Camera Lens Selection Guide

Leica's high-performance lenses are all made, by hand, at Leica's main factory in Solms near Wetzlar, Germany. They represent the fruit of many years of experience in optics and precision mechanics and are produced using unique technologies, high-quality materials and the commitment and craftsmanship of expert staff.

The Leica R bayonet lens mount is the standard method of connecting a lens to the Leica R series of 35 mm single-lens reflex cameras. The mount is descended from those used for the Leicaflex, Leicaflex SL and Leicaflex SL2 SLR cameras, but differs in the cams used to communicate lens aperture information to the camera. Some lenses are compatible with all of the Leica SLR cameras, while R-only lenses have a slightly different mount shape which will not fit on the earlier cameras.

The flange focal distance between mount and film is 47 mm.

On 5 March 2009, Leica announced plans to cease production of its R-Series manual focus SLR and lenses 

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LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH Lens The LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH. successfully merges ambitious wide angle photography with the very best of optical quality and compact design. This is achieved thanks to a patented, spacesaving, yet extremely effective lens hood. The lens corresponds to a universal 24 mm wide angle lens when mounted on a LEICA M8 model and a super wide angle lens with an impressive angle of view when mounted on an analogue Leica M model. Its retrofocus-like architecture features eight lens elements of which one boasts two aspherical surfaces to ensure outstanding image quality already at open aperture. Available in March.
Novoflex Leica R Body to Leica Screw Mount (M39) Lens Adapter makes it possible to use a Leica screw-mount (M39) lens on a Leica R camera body. Novoflex Leica R Body to Leica Screw Mount (M39) Lens Adapter makes it possible to use a Leica screw-mount (M39) lens on a Leica R camera body. Although the lens will fit physically, automatic diaphragm (AE metering) or any other functions are not retained using this adapter. In this case, you will need to meter in the "stop-down mode" since this lens does not have the ability to have its aperture controlled by the camera body.
Novoflex Adapter to Mount Leica R Lenses on a Leica M Body. See at ebay Novoflex Adapter to Mount Leica R Lenses on a Leica M Body.
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  Leica 15mm f/2.8 Super-Elmarit R Manual Focus Super Wide Angle Lens. Leica Super-Elmarit-R Fisheye Lens 15mm f/2.8 ASPH. 

The extremely wide viewing angle and the clarity of perspective offered by this compact ultra-wide-angle lens make it outstandingly well suited for landscape and architectural work, as well as shooting in tight spaces. Dynamic perspectives with a dominant foreground are attained by the amazingly wide 111 image angle diagonal and the ability to focus down 18 cm (7 in) is both impressive and very useful.The optical design, with internal focusing, consists of 13 individual lens elements in 10 groups, one of which has an aspherical surface. The Super-Elmarit provides crisp imaging, is insensitive to flare, and delivers top-quality pictures even wide open. Its contrast and resolution are extremely high, so the finest details are shaprly rendered resolution all the way to the edges of the frame. The built-in filter wheel offers 4 filter choices.

  Leica 19mm f/2.8 ELMARIT-R Super-Wide-Angle Manual Focus Lens for R System. 

The very high contrast, the perfect reproduction of the finest image details and the virtually complete insensitivity to flare even at maximum aperture are characteristic features of this versatile ultra-wide-angle lens. It is a brilliant performer on photojournalism assignments and fashion shoots, for architectural photography and for achieving dramatic landscape perspectives, and its highly compact size makes it especially practical and user-friendly. Its retrofocus design provides impressive results close up too. The built-in filter wheel offers 4 filter choices.

  Leica 35mm f/1.4 SUMMILUX-R Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for R System. The focal length makes this an all-round versatile lens - yet its high speed makes it an exceptional lens with ample reserves for any situation. The complex optical design with an aspherical lens surface produces an image quality at full aperture that is unique for compact wide-angle lenses. This lens is available in black anodized or silver chrome finish.
  Leica 35mm f/2 SUMMICRON-R Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for R System.  Standard wide-angle lenses are very versatile for everyday photography. Compared to normal lenses, they provide a distinctly larger coverage of the subject while still reproducing all size relationships with a relatively natural appearance. Unquestionably, the 35 mm SUMMICRON-R is one of the very best high-speed wide-angle lenses available today. For lively candid photography, even in low light conditions, it is exactly the right lens. This compact all-purpose lens belongs in every LEICA R outfit.
  Leica 50mm f/1.4 SUMMILUX-R Standard Manual Focus Lens for R System.

A high-speed lens with extraordinary richness of image contrast over the entire aperture range. Even wide open at f/1.4 its performance is exemplary and perfectly useable. Stopping down by one or two apertures improves the initially high imaging quality only to a minor degree. And the wide f/1.4 aperture provides a very bright, crisp viewing image and enhances the ability to use selective focus. In addition to the outstanding optical qualities of this standard 50mm lens, it also offers a great deal of operational flexibility based on its high speed and compact size.

  Leica 50mm f/2 SUMMICRON-R Standard Manual Focus Lens for R System. In the category of high-speed standard lenses, 50 mm f/2 SUMMICRON-M handy universal lens has a worldwide reputation for the highest optical performance with outstanding imaging quality even at the closest focusing range. It is available in black anodized finish and in silver chrome finish. It comes with a built-in sliding lens hood.
  Leica 60mm f/2.8 MACRO-ELMARIT-R, Macro Manual Focus Lens for R System. 60 mm f/2.8 MACRO-ELMARIT-R is a 60-mm lens with an especially broad range of applications. If you can forego extreme high speeds in this range of focal lengths in order to gain the great advantage of a focusing range, from infinity all the way down to a mere 27 cm or 10 5/8" (a maximum reproduction ratio of 1: 2), then this is the perfect lens for you. Together with the MACRO-ADAPTER-R, a reproduction ratio of 1: 1 can be achieved.
  Leica 80mm f/1.4 SUMMILUX-R Telephoto Manual Focus Lens for R System.  To photograph from greater distances, discreetly and inconspicuously or to bring subjects closer that are situated too far from the camera position those are the great advantages of telephoto lenses. And the main subject can be emphasized by means of an unsharp fore- and background.The exquisite advantages of this high-speed, high-performance lens become clearly evident in portrait and landscape photography, and especially in available light photography. Even at full aperture, the 80 mm f/1.4 SUMMILUX-R stands out because of its freedom from reflections and the fine nuances of its tone reproduction.
  Leica 90mm f/2 APO Summicron-R Telephoto Aspherical Lens for the R System.  To photograph from greater distances, discreetly and inconspicuously. Or to bring subjects closer that are situated too far from the camera position: Those are the great advantages of telephoto lenses. And the main subject can be emphasized by means of an unsharp fore- and background.Medium telephoto lenses visibly compress the depth of space and they make everything seem closer together. Distant things appear to be within reach, and it draws the observer right into the action. That's why these lenses are very often used for sports- and animal photography.
  Leica 100mm f/2.8 APO-MACRO-ELMARIT-R Telephoto Manual Focus Lens for R System.   To photograph from greater distances, discreetly and inconspicuously or to bring subjects closer that are situated too far from the camera position those are the great advantages of telephoto lenses. And the main subject can be emphasized by means of an unsharp fore- and background. Medium telephoto lenses visibly compress the depth of space and they make everything seem closer together. Distant things appear to be within reach, and it draws the observer right into the action. That's why these lenses are very often used for sports- and animal photography.APO-MACRO-ELMARIT-R is a fast macro lens with apochromatic correction. It is equally as good for format-filling pictures from somewhat greater distances as it is for portraits from medium range. This exceptional lens delivers outstanding imaging performance over its entire focusing range, from infinity to 45 cm or 17 3 /4 inches.
  Leica 180mm f/2 APO-SUMMICRON-R IF Telephoto Manual Focus Lens for R System.  The 180 mm f/ 2 APO-SUMMICRON-R telephoto lens with apochromatic correction produces flawless image quality all the way to the edges of the picture. From infinity to 1.5 m or 4'11". Even at full aperture, you can be confident of achieving photographs with maximum contrast, highest resolution and delicately differentiated color rendition. Internal focusing makes the overall length of the lens remain constant during focusing, and it always feels well balanced in your hand. The optical system includes a protective filter for the front element and a series 6 filter for the filter drawer. It has a rotating and locking mount for tripod attachment.
  Leica 180mm f/2.0 Apo Summicron R Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for R System.   The 180 mm f/ 2 APO-SUMMICRON-R telephoto lens with apochromatic correction produces flawless image quality all the way to the edges of the picture. From infinity to 1.5 m or 4'11". Even at full aperture, you can be confident of achieving photographs with maximum contrast, highest resolution and delicately differentiated color rendition. Internal focusing makes the overall length of the lens remain constant during focusing, and it always feels well balanced in your hand. The optical system includes a protective filter for the front element and a series 6 filter for the filter drawer. It has a rotating and locking mount for tripod attachment.
  Leica 280mm f/4 APO-TELYT-R Telephoto Manual Focus Lens for R System.  The 280 mm f/4 APO-TELYT-R is an apochromatically corrected lens with internal focusing. Completely distortion-free, it performs extremely well across its entire focusing range with highest resolving power, precise color rendition and optimal contrast reproduction - even at full aperture. It can focus down to 1.7 m or 67 inches, covering an object field of 120 x 180 mm or 4 3 /4" x 7 1 /8". Barely 21 cm or 8 1 /4" long, you can still use it for excellent hand-held photography. It is, of course, also equipped with a tripod mount.
  Leica 21-35mm f/3.5-4 VARIO-ELMAR-R ASPHERICAL Wide Angle Manual Focus Zoom Lens for R System.  Thanks to its practical range of focal lengths and its outstanding imaging performance, the LEICA VARIO-ELMAR-R 21 - 35 mm f/3.5 - 4 Aspherical is well suited for almost all situations which, until now, would have called for the use of up to 4 different wide-angle lenses, from capturing a person and their immediate surroundings to sweeping landscape photographs with impressive depth. As a wide-angle zoom, it allows you to put together a powerful complete system that is both convenient to carry and to use with only two other lenses, e.g. the VARIO-ELMAR-R 35 - 70 mm f/4 in the "normal " focal length range and the VARIO-ELMAR-R 80 - 200 mm f/4 for telephoto purposes.
  Leica 35-70mm f/4 VARIO-ELMAR-R Zoom Wide Angle Telephoto Manual Focus Lens for R System. Leica Zooms are a perfect combination of versatility and high optical performance. This makes them welcome travel companions for demanding photographers. And a zoom lens is simply indispensable in those fleeting moments when there is no time to change the lenses.With a telephoto zoom lens, you are able to select an optimal cropping of your subject from a distance, without having to change your camera position. As a result it is an ideal complement for every camera outfit. Leica telephoto zoom lenses are as pleasant to handle, as they are outstanding in their imaging characteristics.
  Leica 70-180mm f/2.8 VARIO-APO-ELMARIT-R Telephoto Manual Focus Zoom Lens for R System.  With a telephoto zoom lens, you are able to select an optimal cropping of your subject from a distance, without having to change your camera position. As a result it is an ideal complement for every camera outfit. Leica telephoto zoom lenses are as pleasant to handle, as they are outstanding in their imaging characteristics.The 70 - 180 mm f/2.8 VARIO-APO-ELMARIT-R lens is a recognized milestone in the development of lenses with adjustable focal lengths. With this lens it was possible to design an apochromatically corrected zoom lens with an optical performance that stands any comparison with lenses with fixed focal lengths - and that at high apertures! Even at full aperture, it is impressive because of its outstanding definition across its entire focal length range. Coma and astigmatism are practically non-existent. The two separate setting rings for focus and focal length make it especially easy to select the right cropping of your subject. The lens is also equipped with a rotating and locking tripod mount.
  Leica 80-200mm f/4 VARIO-ELMAR-R Telephoto Zoom Manual Focus Lens for R System.  The Vario-Elmar-R 80-200mm f/4 lens offers great imaging performance with high resolution and contrast across the entire image field at maximim aperture and over the complete zoom range. It s results are comparable to those of the best fixed focal length lenses. The lens can focus as close as 43.25 inches and has the same illumination across the image field at all focal lengths. Thanks to its compact size, light weight and smooth focusing it makes it a universal travel lens.
  Leica 28mm f/2.8 PC-SUPER-ANGULON-R Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for R System.  The "PC" in the name of this shift lens stands for perspective correction. It is especially suited for architectural photography, because it can straighten out those annoying converging lines. The large usable image circle diameter of 62 mm makes it possible to shift the complete optical system by 11 mm away from the optical axis.
  Leica 28-90mm f/2.8-4.5 VARIO-ELMARIT-R Aspherical Wide Angle - Telephoto Manual Focus Zoom Lens for R System. 

This compact zoom lens, with a focal-length ratio of over 3X, impresses with performance levels usually associated only with fixed-focal-length lenses. Based on state-of-the-art optical technologies, its sharpness, resolution and contrast characteristics are outstanding even maximum aperture. As a true universal lens, it offers extensive options, from distinctive wide angle characteristics to portrait telephoto focal lengths. Anyone looking to shoot pictures casually, carrying a minimum amount of equipment will find this high-performance lens ideal.

  Leica APO-EXTENDER-R 2x Teleconverter for R System.  The APO-EXTENDER-R 2x is for LEICA R lenses with focal lengths of 50 mm and higher and maximum apertures of f/2 or smaller. Combined with APO lenses, their superb imaging performance is fully retained. The APO-EXTENDER-R 2x has a fully automatic diaphragm coupling and it can be used without limitations with the aperture priority mode or with manual settings.
  Leica APO-EXTENDER-R 1.4x Teleconverter for R System. 

The LEICA APO-EXTENDER-R 1.4x, is of five-element construction and is designed for lenses with maximum apertures of 1:2.8 and below, and reduces the effective aperture by one stop. Lenses with a maximum aperture of 1:2 should therefore be stopped down by approximately one to two stops. The distinctlive protruding front element of the LEICA APO-EXTENDER-R 1.4x limits the number of usable lenses to a greater extent than the LEICA APO-EXTENDER-R 2x, as the table below shows. Both extenders offer fully automatic diaphragm operation, and are also useful aids in close-up shooting, since they not only extend the focal length by their respective factors, but also enlarge the magnification by a corresponding amount, while retaining the focusing adjustment range of the lens.

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