Leica 24-70mm Vario-Elmarit-SL f/2.8 ASPH review

Want a do-it-all lens for both stills and video? Then the Leica 24-70mm Vario-Elmarit-SL f/2.8 ASPH is the best out there

Leica 24-70mm Vario-Elmarit-SL f/2.8 ASPH
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Digital Camera World Verdict

While zoom lenses used to get a bad rep for image quality, the Leica 24-70mm Vario-Elmarit-SL f/2.8 ASPH is certainly the exception, and dare I say the industry leader in proving that zoom lenses well and truly deserve to be in your camera kit, and while I only shoot prime lenses, I would buy this lens in a heartbeat - it really is that good - and that's coming from someone to dislikes external zoom lenses.


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    Great zoom range

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    Brilliant image quality

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    Excellent build quality


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    External zoom design

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    No stablization

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Zoom lenses have always come with the old adage that they will never be as good as prime lenses, and while I only shoot prime lenses, the Leica 24-70mm Vario-Elmarit-SL f/2.8 ASPH is like having four prime lenses in one - the quality really is that great.

Leica 24-70mm Vario-Elmarit-SL f/2.8 ASPH Specs

Mount: Leica L-mount
Lens design: 19 Elements in 15 Groups
Maximum aperture: f/2.8
Minimum aperture: f/22
Angle of view: 82.3° to 35.3°
Minimum focusing distance: 7.1" / 18 cm
Filter size: 82mm
Dimensions: .5 x 4.8" / 88 x 123 mm
0.9 lb / 856g

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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.