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Leica Tele-Elmar 135 mm
Leica Tele-Elmar 135 mm
90 mm (9 cm) screw mount lens for Leica
90 mm (9 cm) screw mount lens for Leica

The name Elmar is used by Leica to designate camera lenses of four elements that have a maximum aperture of f/3.98 or f/4.0.


The Elmar lenses originally had a maximum aperture of f/3.5. These lenses were derived from a 50 mm f/3.5 Elmax lens first produced in 1925. The name is a combination of Ernst Leitz and Max Berak.[1]


Elmar lenses variously has a maximum f-number of f/2.8 or f/3.4 or f/3.8 or f/4. Currently the Elmar lenses have a maximum aperture of f/3.8 or f/4, as in the Elmar-M 24 mm f/3.8 and Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21 mm f/4.[1] The name Elmar is sometimes combined with: Super, Tele, APO, Macro or Vario.

Market positions

Elmar lenses are comparatively slow. As a result they tend to be smaller and lighter than faster lenses of the same focal length.[1][2]

List of Elmar lenses

For the M39 lens mount
  • Elmar 50 mm f/3.5 collapsible
For the Leica M mount
  • Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21 mm f/4 ASPH.
  • Tri-Elmar-M 28–35–50 mm f/4 ASPH.
  • Super-Elmar-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH.
  • Elmar-M 50 mm f/2.8
  • Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4
  • Elmar 135 mm f/4.0
For the Leica R mount
  • Leica 15 mm f/3.5 Super-Elmar-R – 1980 (Carl Zeiss design)
  • Leica 100 mm f/4.0 Macro-Elmar-R bellows version
  • Leica 100 mm f/4.0 Macro-Elmar-R helical version
  • Leica 180 mm f/4 Elmar-R – 1976
  • Leica 21 mm–35 mm f/3.5–f/4.0 Vario-Elmar-R zoom – 2002
  • Leica 28 mm–70 mm f/3.5–4.5 Vario-Elmar-R zoom
  • Leica 35–70 f/4.0 Vario-Elmar-R zoom
  • Leica 35–70 mm f/3.5 Vario-Elmar-R zoom (Minolta design and glass production)
  • Leica 70–210 mm f/4.0 Vario-Elmar-R zoom (Minolta design and glass production)
  • Leica 75–200 mm f/4.5 Vario-Elmar-R – 1976–1984 (Minolta design and glass production)
  • Leica 80–200 mm f/4.5 Vario-Elmar-R zoom
  • Leica 80–200 mm f/4.0 Vario-Elmar-R zoom
  • Leica 105–280 mm f/4.2 Vario-Elmar-R zoom
For the Leica S mount
  • Super-Elmar-S 1:3.5/24 mm ASPH.
  • TS-APO-Elmar-S 1:5.6/120 mm ASPH. (Schneider-Kreuznach design)
  • Apo-Elmar-S 1:3.5/180 mm ASPH.
  • Apo-Elmar-S 1:3.5/180 mm ASPH. CS
  • Vario-Elmar-S 1:3.5-5.6/30–90 mm ASPH.
For the Leica L Mount
  • Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 1:3.5–4.5 / 16–35 ASPH.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Taylor, David (2014). Leica M Typ 240 Expanded Guide. United Kingdom: Ammonite Press. ISBN 1781450390.
  2. ^ "LEICA Lens Names". Retrieved 2019-11-27.

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