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|Model number:||11221 / 11257 ROM possible 3 cam only / 11331 ROM|
|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Diagonal angle of view:||84° (35mm full frame)|
|Lens construction:||9 elements in 7 groups|
|Closest focusing distance:||30 cm|
|Number of diaphragm blades:||6|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø67 x 48.5 mm|
|Materials:||Metallic barrel, metallic mount|
|Filter size:||Series VIII|
|Hood type:||12506 / 12523|
Design and Features
The lens was designed by Minolta Corporation which also supplied several parts to Leica's plant at Solms. The lens is not compatible with Leicaflex (Standard) and SL cameras. This wide-angle lens uses a floating element to achieve uniformly high imaging performance across the entire focusing range from 30 cm (12 in) to infinity. Artificial vignetting, which is already extremely low for this focal length, is easy to eliminate by slightly stopping down the aperture. At first glance, photographs taken with the LEICA ELMARIT-R 24 mm f/2.8 do not look like super wide-angle pictures, however they are very impressive because of their unusual perspective. In the close-up range, this lens makes unusual images possible because it sets the main subject off in an interesting manner in relation to its surroundings.