Leica's longest SL lens is here, with a new teleconverter for sports and wildlife

Vario-Elmar-SL 100-400 f/5-6.3
(Image credit: Leica)

For those Leica photographers using the SL system for either sports or wildlife photography, your prayers have been answered with the latest announcement. 

The brand new Leica Vario-Elmar-SL 100-400 f/5-6.3 instantly becomes the longest super zoom in the Leica SL lens lineup. However, if 400mm is still a little too short, the manufacturer has also announced a new 1.4x teleconverter. The Leica Extender L 1.4 will transform the new lens into a 140-560mm – which is perfect for shooting sport, and could be among the best lenses for wildlife photography.

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.


He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 


He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.